The tax department wants to seize the collection of the ex-dg of the Cosmodome

News 24 January, 2018
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    Sylvain Bélair

    Michael Nguyen

    Wednesday, 24 January 2018 14:42

    Wednesday, 24 January 2018 14:42

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    The former executive director of the Cosmodome of Laval may be required to divest itself of its model rockets and even his droid miniature R2D2, as the tax office wants to sell because of unpaid taxes.

    “[Sylvain Bélair] to date has neglected or refused to voluntarily let go of the property, ” says the Agence du revenu du Québec, in a civil lawsuit filed in the courthouse of Montreal.

    Belair, 51 years old, is now serving a sentence of three years in prison, for masterminding a huge fraud to pyramid schemes. Between 2006 and 2009, 46 people lost 1.45 million $ because of his scheme to Ponzi schemes.

    In addition to the prison sentence, Bélair was also fined approximately $1.5 million.

    Extensive collection

    Incarcerated at the federal training Centre in Laval, the director general of the fallen has chosen to declare bankruptcy, one can read in the court document obtained by The Newspaper. But in spite of everything, it refuses to divest itself of its model rockets and other collectibles.

    In the list drawn up by the tax man, one thus finds a radio antique brand Marconi, a telescope and a scuba lunar. Belair also has frames showing the team of the lunar mission Apollo 11 who walked on the moon for the first time in 1969.

    Belair does not want to divest himself of his miniature replica of the famous droid R2D2, the Star Wars series.

    The list is complemented by 19 model rockets, like the space shuttle Discovery or yet another and replicating the soviet rocket N1.

    All of these objects, if the court authorizes the seizure, would be sold at auction so that it can meet its debt 434 739 $.

    “There is an absence of a valid reason for opposition,” says the Agence du revenu du Québec in its application to the court.

    At least that Belair doesn’t end by accepting the seizure of his property, the case should be heard in the near future, before a judge of the superior Court of Quebec.