For the last five years, the Coppers Dream winery has been the focus of a federal and provincial investigation into allegations of corruption and money laundering.
The winery is located at the edge of the Canadian Rockies, a popular destination for tourists in the southern part of the country.
In 2017, the investigation concluded that Coppers staff were illegally siphoning off more than $3 million from the winery.
Coppers winery, 2018, in the Canadian Alps.
The investigation into Coppers alleged corruption was launched after a tip-off that the wineries staff had been paying themselves in cash.
The RCMP opened a criminal investigation into the winemaking company in 2017, but the RCMP has since closed the investigation.
The probe was led by the Mounties’ Criminal Investigation Division.
The Mounties say that their investigation focused on Coppers allegedly defrauding wineries in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and Newfoundland.
The Crown alleges that Copper employees used the funds to buy luxury vehicles and property, including properties owned by their spouses.
The case has been referred to the Attorney General of Canada, which could decide to bring charges against the winemaker or its employees.
The CBC News investigation also found that some of the Copper winery’s employees were working at the company in the same office in Edmonton where they were allegedly receiving cash payments from co-founder and CEO Mike Ketchum, who is now facing multiple allegations of fraud.
The investigations found that Coopers employees received payments from Ketchums personal bank account from a company called the “Copper Bank” to the address of a “Coppers House” in Edmonton.
The home of Coppers House, the address where Ketchs personal bank was located, was also used by a co-owner of a restaurant called “Gigantic Grill” which was also linked to a business called “Vault” in Coppers Hill.
The investigators also discovered that at least $1 million was allegedly stolen from the Coppsons Winery in Saskatchewan.
The Coppers Winery was shut down in 2017 after an investigation by the RCMP and the Saskatchewan government.
Copps and Ketchiums son, Joe, is also accused of money laundering in Saskatchewan for more than 10 years, as well as a $1.2-million breach of trust with the company.
The federal government launched an investigation into Ketch’s family company in December 2018.
The company has been shut down by the government and the RCMP, and a Crown attorney has said the investigation is ongoing.
The new investigation also revealed that in 2017 and 2018, the federal government, the Saskatchewan Attorney General’s Office and the Criminal Investigation Branch of the Crown had all signed off on the “cooperative agreement” between the Crown and Coppers, which would allow the company to operate in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
“The Coppers Family Trust was formed to facilitate the safe operation of the winy in the province of Saskatchewan, which is one of the highest wineries markets in Canada,” the Crown wrote in the “compete agreement.”
It is believed that in 2018, Ketch, Copps, the owners of the winning company and their spouses were also allegedly making more than two million dollars a year from the company, which the federal Crown alleges is illegal and illegal in Saskatchewan under the Saskatchewan Act.
The “competete agreement” also says that the Coppetts would also “expect that all other parties to the transaction, including any parties not directly involved in the operation of any winery facility or the production of wine, will be subject to strict compliance with all applicable laws.”
“There are a number of concerns surrounding the ‘cooperative’ arrangement, including the potential for the winelists to use their connections with the CoPPs family trust to gain preferential access to wineries and other wineries across the province,” the RCMP wrote in a statement.
“A review of the matter has not yet been undertaken.”
The RCMP did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CBC News.
In a statement, Kettle said he has been working with the RCMP to resolve the issues that have arisen and he is confident that this matter is being resolved.
“I am pleased to have this matter resolved and look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship with the Canadian Federal Police,” he said.
“To ensure the safety of all involved, I have been working closely with the local RCMP and other provincial and federal agencies to resolve this matter in a timely manner.”
Ketch is facing numerous allegations including a number related to the alleged theft of $1,000 from the Saskatchewan winery in 2017.
In 2018, he pleaded guilty to money laundering and was sentenced to six months in prison.
In an email to CBC News, a spokesperson for the Saskatchewan attorney general’s office told CBC News that the office has been in contact with the Crown regarding the matter.
“In light of the investigation into my family company,