Employee used money he stole to help strippers: LCBO

Francois Agostini seen in Toronto in this photo taken on Oct. 7, 2013. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Francois Agostini seen in Toronto in this photo taken on Oct. 7, 2013. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Sam Pazzano, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

A former long-time LCBO employee who bilked his bosses for up to $2.7 million in cash and booze acted like a Robin Hood giving a Romanian exotic dancer $200,000 and funding two other hard-luck strippers, court documents indicated.

Documents from a civil lawsuit launched by the LCBO against Francois Agostini, 59, alleged that he provided cash and gifts to stripper Ramona Elena Giurgiucanu, including wire transfers to her family in Romania, a car, and $30,000 to “help with every day living expenses.”

Agostini pleaded guilty to fraud over $5,000 in a criminal court on Monday, admitting he cheated the LCBO from Nov. 12, 1998, to Dec. 29, 2011, stealing $2.7 million in cash and booze.

During the criminal proceedings, court heard Agostini had been the LCBO’s only full-time employee of the company’s diplomatic sales program in Toronto, which co-ordinated the sale of heavily discounted tax-free and duty-free liquor to foreign diplomats and consular officials.


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