Ex-Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault to be sentenced on fraud charges

Ex-Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault to be sentenced on fraud charges

Main pic: Former Quebec Lieutenant-Governor Lise Thibault, who has pleaded guilty to fraud, heads to court in Quebec City on May 21, 2015, for sentencing arguments. Photo credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot.

QUEBEC — Former Quebec lieutenant−governor Lise Thibault is to be sentenced this afternoon on charges of fraud and breach of trust.

Thibault, 76, was lieutenant−governor between 1997 and 2007.

She pleaded guilty last December to one charge of fraud and one of breach of trust.

They carry a maximum prison sentence of 14 years and five years, respectively.

The Crown is demanding Thibault pay back $430,000 after a 2007 report by the federal and provincial auditors general revealed she claimed more than $700,000 in alleged improper expenses when she held the vice−regal post.

Her lawyer said last May the maximum the wheelchair−bound Thibault should pay back is $372,000 and that $272,000 should come from money left in her foundation, which helps the disabled.

The Canadian Press

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