Fontana found guilty of all three charges in fraud case

London mayor Joe Fontana is guilty of fraud, uttering a forged document and breach of trust by a public official.

Justice Bruce Thomas said Friday morning he could not understand “why a man of such accomplishments might choose to take these actions for the sum of $1,700.”

That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it?

Are you surprised by the verdict?

Here’s more on what happened in court:






12 thoughts on “Fontana found guilty of all three charges in fraud case

  1. Now just a minute – “Mayor Fontana” did not exist when the laws
    were broken. A quick wiki fix gives: [ 59th Mayor of London, Ontario Assumed office December 1, 2010
    Preceded by Anne Marie DeCicco-Best (Mrs. Tim)
    Member of Parliament for London East 1988–1997 (Lib)
    Preceded by Jim Jepson LE Riding dissolved
    Member of Parliament for London North Centre 1997–2006 (Lib)
    First member post Ridings boundary adjustment
    It’s fun to catch him sitting in our Mayor’s office for a London scandal and a wild card in the upcoming Civic election, but it does not reflect on
    the role of our Chief Magistrate nor on the Chain of Office.
    The money involved was Federal, not ours, the embarrassment to those who elected him for London N-C.

  2. How about (Sun) – “Former Liberal cabinet minister and current
    mayor of London, Joe Fontana, 64, of Arva was found guilty Friday
    on charges of fraud, breach of trust and uttering forged documents” – adding the date of the crimes. I inserted his age and community as
    we ponder if he will get jail time.
    Fontana has held a lot of political positions in the nearly 40 years
    since he emerged on the local scene. He has bested Tim Gatten
    and Branscombe as far back as 2000…And he could be “Former
    Mayor of London” before this story cools down. Any idea what put
    the LFP on his trail about 2 years ago?

  3. Tim Gatten was on Nancy Branscombe’s team this time and signed some of the letters that led voters to the wrong polling stations.
    About breaking the story at LFP: It was a package that was dropped off for Chip Martin, who retired just last month.
    So many people believed it was handed over by former Marconi Club manager Joe DiPietro.
    Martin said it wasn’t DiPietro and he has kept the informant confidential, even to his newsroom colleagues, of which I was one at the time he was working on the story and before it broke.
    We will likely never know unless that person comes forward.

  4. July 15 will be a day to remember for Londoners . I figure a few mths of house arrest while someone takes over as mayor ( Swan maybe ).

  5. Not sure if there is precedent for a Mayor resigning before
    the end of term, but here are the current members, some
    of whom are retiring from local politics this fall so not
    competitive, and one who’s running for mayor’s office.
    City Council. Mayor plus –
    1 Bud Polhill 2 Bill Armstrong​
    3 Joe Swan 4 ​ Stephen Orser
    5 ​ Joni Baechler 6 Nancy Branscombe
    7 ​ Matt Brown 8 Paul Hubert
    9 ​ Dale Henderson 10 Paul Van Meerbergen
    11 Denise Brown 12 Harold Usher
    13 ​ Judy Bryant 14 ​ Sandy White
    Rules are 8 on council of what would then be 14,
    right? – chose the temporary mayor, and a concern is
    this would give an unfair name recognition advantage
    to that person if he/she runs for the next mayoralty.
    It can be a member of the general public too, can’t it ?
    Some of these men seem to have been around since
    I was in knee pants…Council was more interesting in
    the old 7 ward days and the 2 members each…
    But first Fontana has to make his move…

  6. It’s been suggested to your employer CTV that they build a
    little occasional feature around the Mayors picture gallery
    so often used as a backdrop to interviews but told too much
    trouble. (Meaning local history is boring??)
    But 1955 is of interest at the moment. Rush quits to take job
    as superintendent of Dearness Home. Ald. Beedle fills in,
    then quits when Rush dies to take that job and Ald, Dennis
    appointed to complete term.
    Don’t see anyone in the position of the current one…

  7. CTV carried an item about Sanatorium Road.
    “The name is being called insensitive, archaic
    and stigmatizing to those with a mental illness,
    ..some say the name is connected to a time when
    people with mental illness were institutionalized
    and isolated..” ..CPRI clients are affrighted by this
    which is odd as CPRI itself chose to locate on
    that historic property at the end of the road…..
    -Their anonymous sources “Some” need to do a
    quick lookup and see that the San had nothing
    to do with diseases of the mind – thinking of the
    in san e asylum out east ?
    This street name celebrates the defeat of a disease
    f the lungs that made the building obsolete.
    Apparently the committee has never even heard of
    the scourge of Tuberculosis. Lucky them…
    As for sneering at early work in the mental health,
    how do they think we got where we are today if
    work was not built on that of pioneers in that field?

  8. If anyone is interested, OUR ROOTS/nos
    racines has online “A Heritage of Healing:
    London Health Association and its hospitals
    1909-87” – Connor, James Thomas Hamilton.
    Much on the London San built out west of
    the city c1910 on the Lawson farm and
    Tuberculosis -TB – as the major killer of
    the times and contagious. Even to staff.
    People raised on publicly-funded health care
    can’t properly appreciate the days when it
    was each-family-for-itself until forward thinking
    philanthropic and medical pioneers created
    accessible residential care facilities such as
    ‘sanatoria’ and ‘asylums’ where treatment
    and innovation could be concentrated on a
    single disease.
    Thanks for the space…

  9. Able to afford costly UK and USA care for their little girl’s Tuberculosis, the Becks were active in creating a state-of-the-art accessible facility here for those with fewer resources. It was a hugely popular cause as no one was immune to this scourge.
    Painting this era of pulmonary health care as “shameful” is an odd angle for the historical society to take. More to the point to educate people today to celebrate the success of such special hospitals that in time they could be closed. People I’ve known who used them were not ashamed, but grateful there was a local affordable treatment centre.
    Sans were particularly valuable when soldiers came back from WW1 trenches with TB, and there was somewhere they could be treated away from their homes, so as not to endanger their own children and wives. Any embarrassment would be finding that they’d had an infectious disease in their home, exposing others unaware.
    If we start recycling perceived Victimization as suggested, there are a lot of diseases and conditions within recent memory to be shoved back under the carpet within living memory.. CPRI has an issue it located in a building that they feel should be obliterated as with its access road.
    TB is reported in Calgary as it is imported by visitors and migrants from less fortunate countries, so this is a newsworthy topic.

  10. Sorry but this turned out to be a very interesting story. Curious about the ‘Rose Days’, the popular fundraiser. Anyone remember the charity stamps for this cause ?
    McMaster University displays this list of famous consumptives –
    •Anne Bronte, (1816-1849) English writer
    •Emily Bronte, (1818-1848), English writer
    •George Orwell, (1903-1950),English writer
    •Vivian Leigh, (1913-1967), English actress
    •Eugene O’Neill, (1888-1949), American playwright.
    •John Keats, (1795-1821), English poet.
    •Honore de Balzac, (1799-1850), French writer
    •Elizabeth Barrett Browning, (1806-1861), English writer
    •Anton Chekhov, (1860-1904) Russian writer
    •Stephen Crane, (1871-1900), American writer
    •Franz Kafka (1883-1924), German writer
    •Katherine Mansfield, (1888-1923), New Zealand writer
    •Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish writer
    •Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862) American writer
    •Frederic Chopin, (1810-1849), French composer
    •Louis XIII, (1601-1643), King of France
    •Louis XVII, (1785-1795), King of France
    •Edward Lincoln, (1846-1850) ,son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln
    •Thomas Lincoln, (1853-1871), son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln
    Guess we’ll have to have a book burning to eliminate these shameful people from public libraries …

  11. This fizzled out and rightly so. The problem is
    the Hearing society rep chairing that Advisory
    Committee defied protocol, going to media,
    TV, instead of presenting his case directly to
    the Standing Committee to which it’s accountable.
    The newcast there failed to check if CPRI was
    even aware of the “scandal” surrounding its name
    and clientele – which it wasn’t – and then added
    his own uninformed material.
    Wisely the C&PS chair, Matt Brown (mayoral
    hopeful) had the Heritage Planner as a resource
    so the politicians weren’t making their own
    guesses about the significance of the name
    and the value of his facts.
    It is Infuriating for the Accesssibility Advisory
    Committee to be going on about “the stigma
    of mental illness” (in a fanciful context) the
    exact opposite of the attitude today.

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