Based on the honesty of claimants, Canada’s Employment Insurance Act can have some teeth when it is broken.
A man from Sherbrooke learned the hard way after making false declarations between 2013 and 2016 to fraudulently collect more than $ 30,000 in benefits.
Steve Vaillancourt appeared before Judge Paul Dunnigan of the Quebec Court on Thursday to admit his guilt to the 72 charges against him. Sequentially divided between 2013 and 2016, the accused pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Unemployment Insurance Act.
“Monsieur provided false electronic declarations to employment insurance. He did not provide information on the income he had affected, “explained the prosecutor Federal prosecutor Geneviève Lachance in court.
The 53-year-old made several false or misleading statements every two weeks claiming to earn less than he was receiving. He also admitted to falsely stating that he was not working when he was not.
Over the months, then years it was an amount of nearly $ 31,000 he received benefits to which he was not entitled.
Steve Vaillancourt has an administrative background for events between 2011 and 2013.
Me Lachance and the defense lawyer Me Michèle Lamarre-Leroux legal aid have agreed on the fine to be imposed in this case.
Risk of prison
The minimum fine is $ 200 on each charge of $ 14,400. Vaillancourt must also repay the amounts evaded.
A custodial sentence of up to six months could be added to the file.
A pre-sentence report has been requested to determine whether the detention will be served in prison or in the community. The comments on the sentence will take place on July 6 in this case of false declarations the Unemployment Insurance Act.