Ex-LCBO employee admits scamming $2.7M in booze, cash

Ex-LCBO employee Francois Agostini is seen in this photo taken on October 7, 2013. (Stan Behal/QMI...

Ex-LCBO employee Francois Agostini is seen in this photo taken on October 7, 2013. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Sam Pazzano, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

TORONTO - A former long-time Liquor Control Board of Ontario employee admitted Monday he ripped off his employer for up to $2.7 million in cash and booze over a dozen years.

Francois Agostini, 59, was the only full-time employee in the LCBO’s diplomatic sales program in Toronto, which co-ordinated the sale of tax-free and duty-free liquor — a 40% discount — to foreign diplomats and consular officials, Crown attorney Grace David said.

He had exclusive control of the operation, David said while reading an agreed statement of fact to Justice Beverly Brown.

But Agostini started cheating the LCBO on Nov. 12, 1998, and continued to do so until Dec. 29, 2011. He exploited the agency’s honour system where he recorded payment for diplomatic clients’ alcohol in handwritten sales ledgers to perpetrate the criminal marathon.


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