Sunday, May 6, 2018

Vincenzo “Jimmy” DeMaria

Vincenzo “Jimmy” DeMaria sauntered into a room at Collins Bay prison. His calm face soon puckered. It wasn't from the allegations he is a leading figure running the mob in Ontario, it was the woeful pronunciation of Italian names.

Police are convinced DeMaria is a powerful mafioso, but, after 20 years, can't prove it in court. So it came to a deportation hearing at the Immigration and Refugee Board that is far from a criminal court. The IRB has a lower legal standard of evidence. Cops want to send him back to Italy, which he left before his first birthday.
The 63-year-old DeMaria is not making it easy. He is practiced at this and has money. His defence team has more lawyers than chairs on one side of the hearing room; he hired forensic accountants, former police officers and a law professor. Together they chiseled at police evidence.

In 2012, police in Peel, where DeMaria lives in a large home, launched a probe of his financial dealings. Forensic accountants analyzed transaction data relating to DeMaria from Fintrac, Canada’s anti-money-laundering agency. They traced $249 million moving through accounts from 2006 to 2013.
He has, for years, complained he gets this scrutiny because he is Italian. “I can’t help where I was born; I can’t help where I come from.” A report named DeMaria as one of seven senior ’Ndrangheta bosses here and as a member of its board of directors, called the Camera di Controllo. DeMaria was declared inadmissible and a deportation order issued against him. An appeal is expected.

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