Evidence voluminous against an ex-executive of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts arrested by UPAC

Preuve volumineuse contre un ex-cadre de Sainte-Anne-des-Monts arrêté par l’UPAC

The evidence in the record of Michel Gosselin is relatively large. The former recreation director of the Town of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts is facing five charges, including one of fraud.

November 19, 2019 18: 10

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Evidence voluminous against an ex-executive of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts arrested by UPAC

Preuve volumineuse contre un ex-cadre de Sainte-Anne-des-Monts arrêté par l’UPAC

Johanne Fournier

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SAINTE-ANNE-DES-MONTS — The former recreation director of the Town of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Michel Gosselin was scheduled to appear Tuesday at the palais de justice to the place. Absent from the court, the accused was granted a deferral for step guidance and reporting “since the evidence is a relatively large”. This is what suggested by the trainee to the cabinet Desaulniers Bérubé Lawyers from Rimouski, Sabrina Albert, who had expressed the request to the judge Jules Berthelot.

“We will need more time to be able to look at it with Mr. Gosselin said Ms. Albert, who represented Me Yves Desaulniers, the prosecutor of the accused. The magistrate has fixed the issue in the January 20. It is at this time that the former city official will know whether he pleads guilty or not, so if there will be a trial or not.

Michel Gosselin is facing five counts of fraud, breach of trust, as well as the manufacturing and use of false. Amounts of $ 60,000 would have been taken away from them to the coffers of the municipality in the framework of its duties, or from April 2008 to September 2018. The former official was arrested by the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC) on October 30, at Bonaventure, on the Baie-des-Chaleurs. It was released on a promise to appear.

Following the discovery of accounting irregularities, the City of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts had started his own internal investigation in the summer of 2018. After consulting a lawyer in the labour law which had come to the conclusion that the grounds were sufficient to dismiss the employee, the municipal leaders had deposed their recreation director in October 2018 “for breach of trust and deficiencies in its financial management”, according to the mayor Simon Deschênes.

During their internal investigation, the elected officials had learned that UPAC was to enter this folder. “For us, it was difficult to do the proof,” said the mayor. We caught often some pitfalls because it does not have the expertise of investigation. […] We worked in collaboration with UPAC.”

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