The former director of recreation of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts guilty of theft and breach of trust

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The former recreation director of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts guilty of theft and breach of trust

The former recreation director had appropriated amounts belonging to the City of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts ( archive photo).

The former director of recreation for the municipality of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Michel Gosselin, was found guilty of theft over $5,000, fraud and breach of trust in Matane courthouse last Monday.

He will have to serve a sentence of two years less a day in the community. He will also have to repay more than $22,000 to the municipality within seven years.

Mr. Gosselin was arrested in October 2019 by investigators from the Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit (UPAC). The investigation, which began in 2018, the same year that Michel Gosselin was dismissed, revealed that he was using sums of money belonging to the City of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts to personal purposes.

“My reaction is rather indifferent, it's a file that dates back to 2018, so it's something that we had put to the oblivion,” argued the mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Simon Deschênes, called to react to the news.

In a press release from the Anti-Corruption Commissioner, we can read that Michel Gosselin took advantage of his position of trust in order to appropriate sums of cash that were given to him and which came mainly from x27;hockey tournament activities. The alleged acts took place between January 1, 2015 and January 31, 2019.

“We took responsibility back then. We had already started an administrative process to review the financial anomalies in this department,” recalls Mayor Deschênes.

The Revenu Québec investigation also revealed that Mr. Gosselin failed to remit to the state taxes collected on supplies from his municipality. He was therefore ordered to pay fines totaling more than $13,000 within 60 days.

For its part, UPAC is satisfied with the decision taken by the court. It shows that the teamwork between UPAC police officers and Revenu Québec investigators has paid off both criminally and penally, says the spokesperson for the Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit, Mathieu Galarneau.

At the time of publishing these lines, Revenu Québec had not responded to Radio-Canada's interview request.

With the collaboration of Marguerite Morin and Pierre Chapdelaine de Montvalon< /p>

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