Former Tory staffer in Quebec charged with fraud in alleged cash-for-contracts scam

(QMI Agency)

(QMI Agency)

Andrew McIntosh, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:56 PM ET

MONTREAL — The RCMP in Quebec charged a former Conservative staffer in the Senate with five counts of fraud and breach of trust on Monday in what investigators alleged was a cash-for-contracts scheme in 2009 and 2010.

Hubert Pichet, 58, faces charges for fraud on the government and breach of trust by a public officer, the RCMP announced in a brief statement.

Pichet is alleged to have received money from companies seeking to do business with the government. No specific amounts were mentioned, either in the RCMP press release or the criminal charge sheets. The RCMP refused to elaborate.

Pichet was summoned to appear in court in Montreal on May 1.

He could not immediately be reached for comment.

The criminal charges follow a lengthy investigation by the RCMP commercial crime section in Montreal.

The RCMP statement said Pichet claimed to companies seeking government business that he could influence the awarding of federal contracts.

Court documents obtained by QMI Agency allege that Pichet took money, rewards or other benefits from two companies: CAN-AM MODEV H2 R-D Inc. in 2009; and JCG Communications, owned by Jacques C. Gagnon, in 2010.

Pichet's name first surfaced in connection with a controversial $9-million contract to renovate Parliament Hill a few years ago, but there was no obvious link to that contract in the charges laid Monday.

Last June, QMI reported Pichet also had dealings with longtime lobbyist Gilles Varin, who was the target of a year-long secret Quebec provincial police probe because of his direct and extensive dealings with top Hells Angels motorcycle gang leader, Marvin "Casper" Ouimet.


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