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Preliminary hearing in May for former CRA worker accused of privacy breach

Man who police say is a bike gang member allegedly accessed records on behalf of a criminal organization
Christopher Casola, 46, is facing 11 charges, including breach of trust and weapons offences, after a “complex” 16-month investigation, police said in April when he was charged. File photo.

A Greater Sudbury man police say is a member of the Bacchus Motorcycle Club will have his preliminary hearing on breach of trust charges in May.
Christopher Casola, 46, is facing 11 charges, including breach of trust and weapons offences. He was charged in April.

Police said at the time that a lengthy criminal investigation led them to charge Casola, a former employee of the Canada Revenue Agency, with charges that include breach of trust, unauthorized use of a computer, committing a criminal offence to benefit or in association with a criminal organization (two counts), unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless storage of a firearm and possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition.

Casola is accused of illegally accessing confidential records of Sudbury residents between November and December of 2014.  That's around the same period when the former Red Devils MC was folded into the Bacchus MC. 

Police have not said why Casola was accessing the records, or what's the connection between the charges and the motorcycle club.

In Sudbury court Wednesday, the Crown and defence agreed to a preliminary hearing in the first week of May, with a confirmation hearing set for Feb. 14 and discovery the week of March 20-24. 

Delays in the case have raised concerns about Casola's right to a speedy trial. A recent Supreme Court of Canada case put a time limit on how long the Crown has to bring a case to trial. A Sudbury man was cleared of a drunk driving charge earlier this year in Mississauga because of delays.

But Casola's lawyer said earlier this month the delays are because scheduling issues with the defence, and that his client had waived his right to a speedy trial, meaning the actual start of the trial could be delayed to 2018.

Darren MacDonald

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