Thirteen people plead guilty in municipal fraud scheme in Laval, QC

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Thirteen people, including ringleader Claude Deguise, have pleaded guilty in a fraud scheme involving awarding municipal contracts in Laval, QC.

Eight businessman and five engineers entered guilty pleas in court.

Initially, 37 people were charged in 2013, including Gilles Vaillancourt, who served as Laval mayor for 23 years until 2012.

Vaillancourt pleaded guilty to fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and breach of trust. He agreed to reimburse $8.5 million and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Read more at National Post

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.