Ex Tory staffer back in hot seat at corruption inquiry

Martin Dumont. (JEAN-LOUIS FORTIN/QMI Agency)

Martin Dumont. (JEAN-LOUIS FORTIN/QMI Agency)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:10 PM ET

MONTREAL -- A corruption inquiry prosecutor accused a former federal Tory organizer Monday of lying about how much illicit cash he saw at the municipal party of disgraced former Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay.

Martin Dumont, whose testimony in October was followed by Tremblay's resignation six days later, appeared shaken and red-faced as he was confronted with contradictory testimony from another witness.

Dumont had said a female staffer complained to him in 2005 about being asked to count $850,000 in cash at the headquarters of Tremblay's Union Montreal party.

The staffer, secretary Alexandra Pion, testified Monday that she did see a large number of $20 bills in a safe at the party office and was asked to count them.

But she also said she refused the request and that the amount of money was far less than $850,000.

Pion added that she has never met with or spoken to Martin Dumont and that she only learned of the $850,000 amount when he mentioned it at the inquiry in October.


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