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Jacques Corriveau in January 2017
The ex-liberal party organizer, federal Jacques Corriveau, who was convicted for his role in the sponsorship scandal, has died at the age of 85 years.
His lawyer, Gérald Soulière, confirmed Friday that the death of Mr. Corriveau dates back to June 23, and his funeral took place on the 14th of July last.
In January 2017, the Quebec superior Court had sentenced the close of the former prime minister, Jean Chrétien, to a sentence of four years in penitentiary.
A jury had found guilty of traffic of influence, fabrication of false documents and proceeds of the crime in November 2016.
According to what had been said at the trial, Jacques Corriveau has pocketed some $ 7 million in patronage dividends related to the sponsorship contracts awarded to companies close to the federal liberals.
The one who has been described as being “a central figure” in the federal sponsorship scandal also had to pay a fine of 1.4 million dollars over a period of 10 years. This amount corresponds to the amount defrauded, the government has not been able to trace.
The crimes for which Mr. Corriveau was found guilty go back to twenty years, from 1997 to 2003. Jacques Corriveau had been formally accused in December 2013, following an investigation that had stretched over 11 years.
During the trial, the Crown had argued that the liberal party organizer, had developed a scheme of discounts on any contracts awarded in the framework of the federal programme of sponsorships. This program was created in the wake of the 1995 referendum to increase the visibility of the federal government in Quebec.
The conviction of Jacques Corriveau and the penalty imposed had immediately been brought before the Court of appeal.
This call became without object due to the death of the accused, unless it has an impact on his estate, after he.
After the statement of his sentence, on January 25, 2017, Mr. Corriveau was visibly shocked when he was handcuffed and led into the box of the accused.
His lawyer, Gerard Souliere, was disappointed, considering the very severe punishment. He had stated that Jacques Corriveau had never thought that he would end his life in a prison, he was finally able to avoid.