Man faces two charges of bribery of public official, 53 Division
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Police began an investigation into allegations of bribery against the owner of Goodwin College of Technology and Management, based on information from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and concerns relating to the validity of diplomas and certificates issued by the College.
Goodwin College is a private institution offering diplomas and certificates in a number of trade?related courses, and has been operating in the GTA since 2002. It is only authorized to offer programs in “Personal Support Worker,” “Business Administration” and “Early Childcare Assistant.”
It is alleged that:
? the college was found to be in violation of Ministry standards,
? money was offered by the accused to an official, in exchange for a report of compliance to Ministry standards.
On Friday, June 20, 2008, Zhenxiang “Gordon” Yi, 45, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with two counts of Bribery.
He is scheduled to appear next in court at College Park on Friday, July 4, 2008, room 505, 10 a.m.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has received a certificate or diploma from Goodwin College, or any employer who has employees who rely on a certificate or diploma from Goodwin College, is asked to contact police to confirm its validity.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416?808?5304, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416?222?TIPS (8477), or online at www.222tips.com.
Toronto college owner charged with bribery
Goodwin College diploma holders asked to contact police
Jun 25, 2008 06:31 PM
The owner of a local private college is facing bribery charges for allegedly attempting to pay off a public official after the college was accused of granting fraudulent diplomas.
A police investigation into allegations of bribery began after the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities raised concerns over the validity of diplomas and certificates being issued by Goodwin College.
The Ministry alleges that money was offered to an official in exchange for a report that would have stated the college was in compliance with provincial standards. The report was never done.
Goodwin College is only authorized to offer programs in “personal support worker”, “business administration” and “early childcare assistant”, police say.
But according to the college’s website the school “is dedicated to provide a wide range of specialized and professional and certificate training programs and practical skills training in healthcare, business, languages, engineering, and technology.” The website also says that the college offers on-site training for “pharmaceutical analysis” and “auto technicians.”
Goodwin College has been operating out of the GTA since 2002, and has campuses in Scarborough, Mississauga, and Toronto. Two of the phone numbers listed on the website are now out of service. A woman who answered a third number said that Goodwin College was not currently operating out of its Toronto location.
Zhenxiang “Gordon” Yi, 45, was taken into custody on Friday, and has been charged with two counts of bribery. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 4.
Police are asking anyone who has received a certificate or diploma from Goodwin College to contact them to confirm its validity.
T.O.’s Goodwin College linked to bribery charges
Updated: Wed Jun. 25 2008 4:15:07 PM
The owner of a private college in midtown Toronto has been charged with trying to bribe a public official.
Police began investigating Goodwin College after receiving a complaint from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities regarding the validity of the diplomas and certificates issued by the school.
Police say the ministry found the college to be in violation of provincial standards.
An official with the ministry told police that they were allegedly offered money in exchange for a letter saying the school did in fact comply with standards set out by the ministry.
Goodwin College, a private institution that offers certificates and diplomas in a number of trade-related courses, has been operating in the city since 2002.
According to police, the school is only allowed to offer training in “Personal Support Work,” “Business Administration,” and “Early Childcare Assistant.”
Poilce want anybody who enrolled in a program at the college or anyone who employs people who have relied on a diploma or certificate from Goodwin, to contact authorities to verify the paper’s validity.
Zhenxiang “Gordon” Yi, 45, is charged with two counts of bribery. He is scheduled for a court appearance on July 4 at College Park.
None of the allegations against Zhenxiang have been proven in court.