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Montréal, May 1, 2014 – A former financial planner and an ex-lawyer have been charged with fraud for having cheated five victims out of over four million dollars. According to the investigation conducted by the Integrated Market Enforcement Team (IMET), the suspects allegedly approached the victims soliciting investments in real estate development projects or online financial counselling services.
In fact, it is alleged that the accused converted the victims’ investments to their own use, and that they transferred part of the investors’ money to companies they owned.
Daniel L’Heureux, 56, of Montréal, faces eight counts of indictment, while five counts have been laid against Claude Lemay, 65, of Montréal. Barbara Gagnon-Bernier, 41, of Montréal was also a target in this investigation and has been charged with one count of indictment. All three co-accused will appear in court this morning in Montréal to face fraud charges.
IMET is a special squad composed of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Sûreté du Québec, Autorité des marchés financiers and Public Prosecution Service of Canada. The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) also contributed to the investigation. IMET, in collaboration with various agencies, is committed to preventing capital markets fraud offences that could threaten investor confidence or economic stability in Canada.
If you have information on illicit activity by individuals or groups involved in fraudulent activity, contact the RCMP at 1 800 771-5401 or your local police department.