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Calgary 911 worker charged with passing information to organized crime

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The Calgary Police Service says no other Calgary 911 employees would have been aware of or involved in this activity. (Archive photo)

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Calgary 911 employee charged with intentionally passing protected information to organized crime.

On Thursday, Mariana Buonincontri was charged with breach of trust, willful mischief in relation to computer data and fraudulent use of a computer system.

The charges, which fall under the Penal Code, follow a year-long corruption investigation led by the' #x27;Calgary Police Service (CPS) Sensitive Investigation Unit.

As part of her duties within the Calgary 911 service, the accused, aged 58, was responsible for taking the emergency calls.

Such a breach of trust has repercussions on all members of the public service , our officers, the public and those with whom we come into contact every day and whose private information is closely protected, says Inspector Shawn Wallace of the CPS Office of Professional Standards.

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Mariana Buonincontri was released on Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 7, 2024.

At a press conference held On Thursday, Iain Bushell, director of emergency management and community safety for the City of Calgary, would not say whether or not the accused has received a salary since her suspension in January 2023 .

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At a press conference On Thursday, Iain Bushell [left], director of emergency management and community safety for the City of Calgary, said the city conducts criminal background checks and audits for all new employees.

The latter indicates that a regulation prohibiting the use of personal telephones in the 911 service center is in force.

“We will be conducting a thorough review of all our processes and procedures to determine what improvements can be made to prevent a situation like this from happening again,” says Iain Bushell.

In a press release, the CPS indicates that it has learned that protected information had been disclosed in December 2022, during an investigation unrelated to this case.

This triggered an investigation into the source of the information, followed by the woman's arrest on January 26, 2023. She was arrested, questioned and released without charge pending the findings of the investigation. ;#x27;investigation.

A collaboration between the CPS and its digital forensics team has uncovered more 200 images containing critical data on the accused's electronic devices.

The investigation also revealed that the data was intentionally extracted from searches targeting individuals linked to organized crime and was then provided to other individuals involved in these criminal activities.

CPS says no other City 911 employee would have been aware of or involved in this activity .

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Teilor Stone

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Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116