‘Extremely disrespectful’: Oakville councilor from Halton Catholic District School Board back in court on fraud charges. Here is what happened
A Hamilton court presiding judge has set a case management date in the case of fraud charges against Oakville Catholic school trustee Nancy Guzzo after several absences and adjournments.
Ontario Court of Justice Judge Daniele D’Ignazio expressed disappointment to an agent representing defense counsel in court Tuesday, when Guzzo herself failed to show up.
‘It is extremely disrespectful to the court and the Crown that we had to call you to have your cases handled,’ the judge said.
He also noted that the accused did not make a single court appearance.
“There is no designation and there is an arrest warrant to hold, and we still don’t know what we are doing. It is frankly upsetting, and I do not hesitate to say it for the record. It’s upsetting and it’s disrespectful,” he said.
Initially, the agent sought to adjourn the case for two weeks for ongoing settlement discussion, which the Crown objected to. The request was dismissed by the judge.
Assistant Crown Attorney Kimberley Rogers said the case has now been in court for 12 months.
“I objected to a further adjournment for the purpose of another Crown pre-trial,” she said, adding that “absolutely nothing has changed” since the first resolution meeting in April of Last year. “We’re just spinning our wheels here… nothing happened in this case.”
Hamilton police charged Guzzo on Jan. 21, 2021 with 10 counts of fraud under $5,000 and two counts of fraud over $5,000, related to his employment with the International Workers Union. North America (LIUNA), in particular in her position as assistant business manager for LIUNA Local 3000.
The case is due back in court for a case management hearing on January 28.
According to the Ministry of the Attorney General’s website, case management is a system designed to reduce unnecessary delays and bring cases to a fair conclusion quickly, as well as bring cases to court in a timely manner.