Benoit Léonard de Sherbrooke will be judged on October 15, 2018 on the charges of tax fraud filed against him.
The alleged acts allegedly occurred between March 2010 and August 2011 relate to the production of “false or misleading statements, or to have participated in, consented to, or acquiesced in their statement in a declaration form … by improperly claiming input tax credit “.
After many discussions on Thursday at the Sherbrooke courthouse, Justice Conrad Chapdelaine of the Court of Quebec fixed the trial of Benoit Leonard in October and November 2018.
The fines charged to the 43-year-old by these charges of illegal tax refunds total $ 3.6 million, or $ 2.96 million for breaking the Quebec Tax Administration Act and $ 662,000 for breaking the law. the Federal Law. Imprisonment for up to five years could be added if guilt is ever confirmed in these criminal charges.
About 70 witnesses could be called to the bar during this trial which will last about four weeks.
“We are in a situation where we have admitted a lot of things. And we are continuing negotiations to agree on other things, “said defense lawyer Thomas Walsh.
The Jordanian Damocles Sword weighs above these charges as the case is to be tried eighteen months after the charges are laid in November 2016.
“We have to work within these deadlines. It’s not a question of giving up deadlines. This is the highest court that tells us, “said Justice Chapdelaine.
Defense counsel Thomas Walsh wanted the trial to take place in January 2019.
“We are currently inside the cap imposed by the Supreme Court. We have to work within these ceilings, “said Paul Larochelle when it came to fixing the date of the trial.
The file has already gone through facilitation.
“I expect things to move forward,” said Justice Chapdelaine who set the windows from October 15 to 30, and from November 19 to 30, 2018 for the trial.
The prosecution said it was ready to proceed.
“We are ready to start the trial directly. There is no major request to discuss before the start of the trial. We can go directly to the evidence of the witnesses. The deposit of coins would be by a digital deposit. The goal is to take some weight off the trial management. It would be paradoxical to turn into paper a trial that was prepared in digital format, “said Larochelle.
A search was conducted at the home of the 43-year-old in the Saint-Élie area as part of Operation Chariot. This project was conducted by Revenu Québec in May 2015.
The criminal charges relate to eight companies based in Saint-Dominique, Granby, Bromont and Shefford. Ten individuals were charged in these proceedings.
Revenu Québec had hit several places in the context of this vast investigation aimed at uncovering a scheme of tax evasion. These are 15 residences and places of business that were targeted by the 86 investigators and 12 computer scientists from Revenu Québec.