Frank Zampino says what he has to say



    MONTREAL, April 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Yesterday, April 13, Frank Zampino
submitted his resignation as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
to Dessau's President Jean-Pierre Sauriol. "I took this decision by respect
for Dessau's executives and the company's 4,000 employees and because, in the
face of such ruthless media hostility towards myself, as my integrity is
relentlessly and without any evidence under attack, this situation can be
detrimental to the organization," declared Frank Zampino. Today, after weeks
of silence, he wants to say what he has to say, for the first and last time,
and will not further intervene as the Auditor General undertakes his mandate.
    Regrettably, purely unwarranted allegations, insinuating that
irregularities may have taken place in the adjudication of the contract for
the improvement of the water circulation network and the installation of water
meters in industries, businesses and institutions on the island of Montreal,
are now considered faits accomplis. This is why he said he was satisfied that
Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay had asked the city's Auditor General to shed
the light on this particular issue. "The only way such fallacious
insinuations, undermining my reputation and that of the entire municipal
administration, may be stopped is to clearly expose the exactness prevailing
throughout every public calls for tenders initiated by the City of Montreal,"
added Mr. Zampino.

    It was a blunder

    Mr. Zampino already confirmed having been a guest on a yacht owned by
Antonio Accurso and having paid for expenses relating to transportation and
stay so that there could be no ambiguity to differentiate a vacation amongst
friends from a trip with business relations. However, he acknowledges that
public perception always wins and that he should have acted with greater
reserve.
    "I've committed a blunder and I fully acknowledge it. I should have
refused the invitation. I now understand this was inappropriate under the
circumstances and, if I were to turn back, I'd act differently," admitted
Frank Zampino.
    When someone is in elected office as he was, it is very important that
relationships built over the years don't influence the independence of mind in
any decisions elected officials may have to take. "I've occupied such
functions and I always succeeded in setting limitations between friendships
and the decisions I had to take in my capacity as elected official," he added.

    About invoices

    While he offered to show the Mayor the invoices and cheques related to
this controversy, the offer was addressed personally to the Mayor and with the
sole purpose of reassuring him as to their existence; some still insist that
those documents be made public.
    On this Mr. Zampino is categorical. "I won't do it and I will not be
subjected to further inquisition. I believe these documents are personal and,
as such, do not have to be shared with anyone because, for one thing, they
contain personal information (number of bank accounts, credit cards, bank
branch, bank statement, etc.). Moreover, black-marking such personal data
would only increase suspicion. However, I am willing to communicate some
information to dissipate doubts regarding the existence of these invoices."
    Mr. Zampino indicated having in his possession the original invoice made
to his name and dated January 23, 2007 for charges related to his stay on the
yacht Touch. He also has a copy of the check # 249 signed by him, dated
January 25, 2007 and cashed on February 26, 2007, along with his bank
statement attesting of the transactions. He also confirms having in his
possession the original invoice made to his name, dated February 1, 2008 for
charges related to a second stay on the same embarkation. Again, he fully
acquitted the entire amount by check (# 422) dated January 26, 2008 and cashed
on February 1st , 2008 as indicated in his bank statement.
    Also, Mr. Zampino confirms having in his possession two original travel
agency invoices, made to his name and paid in full, for airfare for both
stays: the first having taken place at the end of January 2007 and the second,
at the beginning of February 2008.

    Enough is enough

    Mr. Zampino hopes that in acknowledging his unfortunate blunder the
harassment he has been put through for the past weeks will come to an end. "I
admitted having made the trips, I admitted it was inappropriate and I said I
was sorry. I have quit politics and, just like all the others who went back to
corporate life, I value my private life, for myself but even more so for my
family. Unfortunately, I am the first victim of an electoral campaign that
promises to be mean and virulent; the inquisition must stop," he concluded.
    Frank Zampino is informing the media that he has said what he had to say
and will not further intervene as the Auditor General undertakes his mandate.
Consequently, he will not be granting any interviews.

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For further information: Gilles Corriveau, Enigma Communications, (514)
982-0308, ext.207, g.corriveau@enigma.ca

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