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Former Director of Recreation in Gaspé region arrested for corruption

Montreal (October 31, 2019) – Quebec’s Anti-Corruption Unit (UPAC) arrested former Director of Recreation of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts in Gaspé region, Michel Gosselin, on October 30 as a result of a one-year investigation. He is alleged of misappropriating more than $60,000 while he was in office between April 2008 and September 2018. UPAC laid charges against him including Fraud over $5,000, Breach of Trust, and Uttering False Document.

In a press release, Quebec’s Commissioner For The Fight Against Corruption announced the arrest of Michel Gosselin, former Director of Recreation of Sainte-Anne-des Monts in Gaspé region on October 30. The former city official was holding office for more than a decade until Quebec’s Anti-Corruption Unit (UPAC) started its investigation in October 2018.

UPAC’s operation followed an internal administrative investigation of the municipality. After several irregularities in the accounts of the city have been identified, the city council dismissed Gosselin on October 31, 2018.

UPAC accused Gosselin of misappropriating more than $60,000 between April 2008 and September 2018 while he was in office. As a result of the allegations of embezzlement, the former public servant was arrested on the territory of the MRC de Bonaventure on the morning of October 30.

Gosselin faces charges of Fraud Over $5,000, Breach of Trust, and Uttering False Document. He will have to respond soon to the charges against him. Anyone who wants to report an act of corruption in Quebec is urged to call UPAC at 1-844-541-8722 or fill out the form online at the UPAC website.