CORNWALL ONTARIO – While Gilles Latour pled guilty to eight counts of over 1 million dollars, including his own mother, other seniors, Jason Christoff, and Andre Pommier, the bigger question is if cases like this are properly being handled by area police who clearly don’t have the manpower and resources to investigate frauds of this level. The buzz is that the investigating fraud officer was bullied at his own kids hockey games in South Stormont.
While Latour is essentially getting the minimum penalty and jail time he’ll be serving in a Federal prison instead of a Provincial one or as some great legal minds have shared; “Club Fed”.
While Latour cried like a prison puppy about the storm of media that made it difficult to get a job this newspaper knows that he’s actually refused area employment. He certainly has been accepted still in local circles.
People like Peter Gault, Bob Peters, and former radio voice and now real estate hack Sue Stewart embraced(literally in the photo above) all that was Gilles Latour stink show that even dumb people could puzzle through. Many asked how could the former Liberal bagman could live his lifestyle doing his job?
This review by Sunshine List City Development and Tourism mucky muck for Cornwall, and Latour’s old running buddy for the Kilger campaign, Bob Peters, clearly supported Latour as he endorsed Latour’s Linkedin page.
Judge Rick Leroy, always a friend to city government’s it seems, cited Latour’s early plea, but most likely the cost of a month long trial was beyond Latour’s diminished financial ability. After all, Hockey memorabilia doesn’t pull like it used to. Surely a case like Latour’s should have earned more than the minimum penalty if for no other reason to be a deterrent to the many other fraudsters in
city hall the community.
The bottom line is that for at least $1.3M Latour loses two years. In a community where the average salary is only about $40K he’s laughing all the way to the shower room.
The buzz is that Latour stole an awful lot more cash from clients. The public and courts will never know. Clearly the investigation of Latour and Minor Hockey’s Caskanette show the need for the CCPS to either sort out its fraud investigations or the for the city to review the already overpriced CCPS and consider a move to the OPP which has an actual fraud division.
After all the crown can only work with evidence delivered from the police service’s investigation.
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