Ex-lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault free and clear as parole conditions lifted

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Quebec’s former lieutenant-governor, Lise Thibault, who pleaded guilty to fraud and breach of trust charges in 2015, is now a free woman after serving six months in jail and then another year of conditional parole.

The 78-year-old was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to repay $300,000 to taxpayers after she pleaded guilty. The charged related to expenses she claimed while in office.

Allegations of misspending first came to light at the end of her term in 2007 after an auditor challenged over $700,000 of her expenses including housing and meals already paid for by the province.

Along with the $300,000 she paid to the Quebec and federal governments, Thibault was also ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million for tax owed on unreported income during her two terms.

Read more at CBC News

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.