Alleged London biker facing new charges
Allegations relate to gambling probe
The former president of the London Hells Angels chapter faces new charges in connection with an investigation into a former Ministry of Transportation employee who was swept up in a gambling bust.
Robert Barletta, an alleged member of the Hells Angels, is charged with mischief to data, breach of trust and unauthorized use of a computer, the OPP announced Friday.
The charges are the result of nine-month probe by the OPP'S anti-rackets branch into a breach of personal information within the provincial Ministry of Transportation, police said.
Richard Pereira, 36, of Oshawa, faces 19 additional charges including identity theft, fraud on government, breach of trust, conspiracy to commit breach of trust, unauthorized use of a computer and mischief to data
Barletta, 50, and Pereira were among more than two dozen people charged in December in Operation Hobart, an investigation into an alleged multimilliondollar gambling operation that police contend was run by members of the Hells Angels and an alleged Toronto crime family.
“It's a related investigation to Hobart,” OPP Det. Staff Sgt. Sean Chatland said of the probe that resulted in the latest charges.
Chatland declined to go into details of the allegations that led to the charges, saying only that the alleged crimes are linked to Pereira's work at the ministry.
“It's a conspiracy that unfolded,” he said.
Pereira initially was charged with criminal breach of trust and unauthorized use of a computer in connection with Operation Hobart. A government spokesperson said at the time he was suspended from his job with the ministry pending an internal investigation.
A King City man, 39, and Pickering woman, 34, neither of whom ever worked for the government, also are charged jointly with Barletta and Pereira, police said.
All of the accused are scheduled to appear next Friday at the Peel courthouse in Brampton.
The latest charges bring the tally of offences against Barletta to 18. He already was facing 15 charges including bookmaking, laundering proceeds of crime, fraud of more than $5,000, weapons offences and commission of an offence for a criminal organization.
Police allege Barletta, a founder of the London Hells Angels chapter and past owner of Famous Flesh Gordon's strip club, is a member of the Niagara Hells Angels chapter.
A Free Press investigation revealed a suspected arson in January 2018 that destroyed a Blue Mountains vacation property linked to Barletta was the catalyst for Operation Hobart. No one has been charged in the suspected arson.
While out on bail, Barletta narrowly survived an attempt on his life on March 30, when two gunmen fired nearly 20 shots at him outside an Ontario Street home in Toronto's Cabbagetown neighbourhood.
The suspects in the attack, which was captured on surveillance footage, fled in a car. No arrests have been made in the case.