QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Former lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault often left the confines of Quebec City so she could bill Ottawa for extra allowances, a police officer testified Wednesday at the opening of her fraud trial.
Thibault, who held the provincial vice-regal post between 1997 and 2007, is charged with fraud and breach of trust in relation with more than $700,000 in alleged improper expenses.
Investigator Robert Anctil said Thibault stayed at the Chateau Frontenac Hotel in Quebec City when she was first named to the post.
But as of 2000, she lived exclusively outside the provincial capital, Anctil said.
That made her eligible for expenses billed to the federal government.
When federal officials told her the boundaries of Quebec City had changed after municipal merges, Thibault deliberately chose to dine at restaurants that fell outside the area, Anctil testified.
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