Prison for defrauding Montreal

The prison for fraud in Montr & eacute; al

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A former computer consultant who participated in a conspiracy to defraud millions in the City of Montreal 15 years ago should be sentenced to 30 months in prison.

“He is a financially ruined man, who has been in court for 12 years,” said Marc Labelle about his client Benoit Bissonnette on Friday at the Montreal courthouse.

Prison for fraud in Montr & eacute; al

Marc Labelle

Bissonnette, 59, is expected to head to prison for her crime dating back to 2006, which spanned two years.

At the time, he had become the right-hand man of the head of the metropolitan area's Information Technology Department, Gilles Parent. Thanks to their company Forte Consulting Services, created with a nominee, they were able to obtain illegal commissions. & Nbsp;

Firms that obtained computer contracts with the City had to pay a commission to that of the duo , said the Crown prosecutor Me Mathieu Longpré, at the opening of the trial. & nbsp;

The two men had thus managed to monopolize $ 3.5 million of public funds, which traded towards Hong Kong.

Bissonnette, whose third trial began in the fall, however cut the proceedings short by pleading guilty to conspiracy to fraud.

At the suggestion of the parties , he should be sentenced to 30 months in penitentiary, which is less than Parent who had to serve six years.

“It may seem lenient”, agreed the Crown, who however recalled that he This was a third trial and which Bissonnette had been ordered to reimburse approximately $ 2.4 million.

Sentencing will be pronounced on m next month.

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