Treasurer of Quebec health workers’ union sentenced for fraud

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Ginette Charest, 72, handed 30-month sentence for using the funds of the Fédération Interprofessionnelle de la Santé du Québec to gamble at the casino.

Every year, before a room full of people, Ginette Charest, the treasurer of a Quebec union representing health workers, made reassuring financial presentations to members. Invested wisely by her, their money grew steadily and she was thanked for her work. In reality, Charest was quietly emptying the bank accounts to play at the casino.

The scheme was discovered in the summer of 2009 when cheques began to bounce. This week, the 72-year-old woman was sent to prison to serve a 30-month sentence handed down by Judge Lori Renée Weitzman. The fraud, which was carried out over a little more than five years, from 2004 to 2009, totalled $691,000.

Read the full article at The Toronto Star.