Three men sentenced for stealing $18 million worth of maple syrup in Quebec

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Three men were sentenced on Friday in connection with the theft of $18 million worth of maple syrup in Quebec.

Richard Vallieres was convicted of theft, fraud and receiving stolen goods. Vallieres was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined $9.4 million. He will have 10 years to pay off his fine or risk having his sentence increased by six years.

The two other men involved in the scandal, Raymond Vallieres and Etienne St-Pierre, were each sentenced to two years in prison and three years probation. A fourth man in the case, Jean Lord, was acquitted.

The investigation was launched after barrels of maple syrup were found to have been drained and filled with water. The 2,700 tons of missing syrup amounted to $18 million.

Read more at Canoe