Trial: Accurso would have paid $ 270,000 in the former mayor of Mascouche
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Friday, 19 January 2018 14:10
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JOLIETTE | in the amount of $ 270,000 from businessman Tony Accurso has been deposited in a Swiss bank account for the benefit of the deceased mayor of Mascouche, Richard Marcotte.
The contractor is accused of having tried to bribe Mr. Marcotte in order to obtain contracts, in particular by paying him a large sum of money.
The aft of the Sûreté du Québec, Pascale Boutin, testified Friday at the trial before a jury of Mr. Accurso.
A cheque of $ 300,000 signed by Mr. Accurso has been deposited into the account of the company Verona Equities Corp. in Panama.
A few days later, an amount of $ 270,000 has been transferred from this company to a Swiss account of ex-mayor Marcotte.
Ms. Boutin is certain that the amount of $ 270,000 came from well of the $ 300,000 that was provided by Accurso, since the balance of the account debtor related to Verona was at zero dollars prior to filing.
These 270 000 $ would have then been distributed by Richard Marcotte in several bank accounts belonging to a company he owned, Krestel Assets Corp., as well as in various investments that have not been identified.
The aft has demonstrated a tangle of related companies in many ways to Richard Marcotte, which is exchanged funds through various bank accounts registered under pseudonyms, in Switzerland, Panama and Liechtenstein. These countries are known as tax havens.
Three-quarters of a million $
According to Boutin, ” the mayor of Mascouche, Richard Marcotte, with Denis Laberge and Laurent Labrecque would have erected a structure complex legal entities and shell companies, using nominees acting as directors or signatories “.
Richard Marcotte held several bank accounts under various aliases.
The aft has determined that the total of funds that have transited in all of these accounts amounted to 779 873 $ between January 1, 2007 and April 15, 2011.
The evidence of the Crown is completed on the filing of the report of the forensic.
♦ The trial of Antonio “Tony” Accurso corruption and abuse of trust will continue Monday in Joliette.
♦ We should know next week if Accurso to testify in his defence.