Fraud-related charges sends ex-deputy Quebec premier Normandeau straight to trial

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Former deputy Quebec premier Nathalie Normandeau and six other people charged with fraud-related offences will not have a preliminary hearing and will instead go straight to trial.

The Crown today did not specify why it is proceeding with a preferred indictment, which allows it to bypass the preliminary hearing.

Normandeau is charged with conspiracy, corruption, breach of trust and fraud in a scheme in which political financing and gifts were allegedly exchanged for lucrative government contracts between 2000 and 2012. She and her co-accused were arrested in March 2016.

Between 1998 and 2011 Normandeau served as a Liberal member of the legislature for a riding on the Gaspe peninsula and later served as the deputy premier from 2007 to 2011.

Her criminal case is set to resume in September.

Read more at The Star

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.