Key fundraisers for the Quebec Liberal Party may have pocketed large sums of money through a series of real estate transactions, allegedly splitting that money with the former head of the provincial Crown corporation charged with managing those buildings, Radio-Canada’s investigative program Enquête has learned.
Real estate fraud involving government buildings
The months-long probe by Enquête presents what a retired anti-corruption investigator believes could be the biggest case of real estate fraud involving government buildings in Quebec, and perhaps even Canadian, history. “We’re talking about real estate fraud involving government agencies,” said Christian Plourde, a retired investigator with Quebec’s anti-corruption unit, UPAC, who supervised the investigation until last year.
Crown prosecutors reviewing the file
The investigation dates back to 2007, when Swiss police tracked the suspicious movement of money between European banks, alerting investigators in Quebec. UPAC has carried out a long and complex investigation since 2011. Enquête has learned the investigation is complete, and Crown prosecutors are reviewing the file. No one has been charged.
Read more about the real estate fraud at CBC News.