One of the crime scenes

Monday, May 08, 2006

Follow the Money

According to the Public Eye Online, not only is Bruce Kieran retiring from the renamed K & E Public Relations (formerly Pilot House) lobbying firm, but K & E itself may be ceasing to exist. The end of the line?

Spider-man Erik Bornman was also at Pilot House before he moved to Toronto to article for a law firm located in the "center of the universe." Police allege that Bruce Kieran sponsored a trip to Denver for Basi and Virk with their wives to a NFL game between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. They were guests at the game of Gary Rennick, the chief operating officer of Omni-TRAX, who were interested in bidding for BC Rail. Besides the trip to Denver the RCMP uncovered a pattern of checks written by another Erik Bornman company, Pacific Public Affairs, to Aneal Basi. None of these allegations are yet proven in court, but a comparison of Bornmans check's to Aneal Basi for "contract writing services" and deposits by Aneal into his cousin Dave Basi's account appear "amazingly" coincidental. Below is a chart of the checks and deposits in question (drawn from data published in the Vancouver Sun - April 4, 2006).

I would imagine this might be why Aneal is currently charged with money-laundering, or part of the reason. Considering the (few) statements by the RCMP and/or the courts since December 28, 2003 concerning drugs, organized crime, money-laundering etc., it is only natural to wonder when the other shoe is going to fall. I'm certain that there are some people who are a lot less anxious than I for more information about this affair to become public.

BC Mary sent along another article that touches on the document trading, insider knowledge aspect of this case. This is from the Globe and Mail for September 11, 2004.

Ministerial aides were trading in stolen government documents.

"But police allege that Mr. Basi and Mr. Virk at the time were trying to win chief of staff positions with the new Liberal government taking shape in Ottawa. Helping them in that regard, police say, was Erik Bornman, who, in addition to being operations manager for Mr. Martin's leadership campaign in B.C. and director of communications for the federal Liberals in B.C., was director of a lobbying firm working for a U.S. company bidding on BC Rail."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this site is just being run voluntarily, but there was some talk on The Tyee of people putting money towards such a website covering the Basi Boys scandal.

You have some great sources here already, but of course, this is a huge story in the Indo-Canadian community, so how about some sources from the Indo-Canadian Times?

It is published in Punjabi, but translations can be rather inexpensive at just 10 cents a word. has many Punjabi translators available.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 7:00:00 PM PDT  

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