Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval: UPAC gets its hands on a former director

Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval: UPAC gets its hands on the snare of a ex-director

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UPAC investigators got hold of the former director of public security of Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval, who is suspected of having defrauded the municipality, our Bureau of investigation. & nbsp;

Guillaume Bédard, who turned 36 last week, is due to appear at the Quebec City courthouse this morning to be officially accused of breach of trust , fraud over $ 5,000, production and use of false documents.

According to information obtained by our Investigation Office, Guillaume Bédard was a long-time employee of the Municipality.

< p>He made his entry as a firefighter there in 2007, and eight years later became interim head of the public security service.

The alleged actions allegedly began shortly after his appointment. Between October 2015 and August 2019, Bédard allegedly used a credit card belonging to the Municipality for personal purposes in addition to providing counterfeit invoices to the accounting department. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

According to court documents, Bédard would have, among other things, falsified invoices from L'entrepôt du Hockey and two motorized recreational vehicle dealers, Adrénaline Sport and Performance NC.

“It had nothing to do with it. fire safety. It was worrying, “commented one of our informants.

” He was in a position of authority. He ran a fire station. At no time could we tolerate this type of behavior there ”, continues another. & Nbsp;

Internal investigation

In January 2018, Bédard was demoted to the post of fire prevention manager. The offenses would still have continued during this period.

An internal investigation was then launched to shed light on this case.

In the fall of 2019, the accused is met by the management of the Municipality. Faced with the findings of the internal investigation, he resigned.

But the case does not end there. “It was serious enough to call the police,” says a source.

UPAC arrested

The case was brought to the attention of UPAC, which investigated.

October 1 last, Bédard received a summons to appear informing him that he had to appear in court this morning to face the charges.

Reached by telephone in the evening, Alain Dufresne, new mayor of Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval, who was sworn in on Monday, was so far unaware of the existence of this affair.

His predecessor, Carl Thomassin, preferred not to comment for the moment. & Nbsp ;

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