Ottawa music festival organizer guilty of pilfering proceeds

Escapade organizer Nickolas Guindon-Vachon.

Escapade organizer Nickolas Guindon-Vachon.

Megan Gillis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:42 PM ET

OTTAWA — A former organizer of the Escapade electronic music festival in Ottawa was sentenced Monday to 16 months in jail after being convicted of stealing more than $600,000 from his partners before fleeing to Aruba.

Nickolas Guindon-Vachon, 28, pleaded not guilty, but didn’t contest the Crown’s facts in the July 2, 2012, theft from DNA Presents.

On top of time served, he’ll serve 12 months' probation and was ordered to repay $300,000.

Another judge had already ordered police to hand over about $300,000 in cash and proceeds from a “garage sale” of items Guindon-Vachon bought in Aruba.

Guindon-Vachon cleared out the safe early in the morning after the event at Jetform Park (now Ottawa Stadium), drove to Montreal and boarded a private plane for a $40,000 flight to Aruba.