Montréal, December 13, 2013 – This morning, Commercial Crime Section investigators served Jacques Corriveau, a former Liberal Party of Canada organizer, with a summons to appear in court. Mr. Corriveau is charged with fraud on the government, forgery and laundering proceeds of crime. He is scheduled to appear in court in Montréal on January 10, 2014.
These charges were laid as part of a far-reaching investigation, dubbed Project CARNEGIE, into allegations of irregularities in the management of the Government of Canada's Sponsorship Program. The investigation targeting Mr. Corriveau is one of several investigation components in this case initiated in 2002.
It is alleged that the accused set up a kickback system on the contracts that were awarded in the Sponsorship Program. Mr. Corriveau allegedly claimed that he could exercise influence on the Federal Government to facilitate the awarding of contracts to certain Quebec-based communication firms in return for several million dollars' worth of advantages and/or benefits for himself and other persons.
Among other things, the accused allegedly facilitated the awarding of federal sponsorships to Groupe Polygone-Expour for the production of various publications and the organization of hunting, fishing and outdoors trade shows. Through this kickback system, Mr. Corriveau is believed to have received millions of dollars paid by Polygone-Expour to Pluridesign, a company that he owns. The money was allegedly used to pay for fictitious professional services described on bogus invoices.
It is further alleged that Mr. Corriveau claimed that he could exercise influence on the Government of Canada so that Groupaction Marketing be given the mandate manage part of the sponsorship contracts awarded to Groupe Polygone-Expour. The accused allegedly used false invoices to authenticate these so-called services.
As a result of the investigation component conducted by the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit, restraint orders were issued in respect of two investment accounts held by the accused as well as his residence. It is alleged that Mr. Corriveau deposited in the coffers of the Liberal Party of Canada part of the funds he obtained through fraudulent activities, and that he kept the rest for his personal benefit.