Expensive meals dominate Quebec fraud trial

Global News

MONTREAL – Some eye-catching food and alcohol bills were tabled Tuesday at the trial of a former Quebec union boss who is charged with the alleged fraud of tens of thousands of dollars.

One bill entered into evidence at Jocelyn Dupuis’s trial was for a $3,300 meal as he attended a union meeting in the United States.

Additional bills on the same trip to California and Las Vegas showed Dupuis had another meal that cost upwards of $2,500 and two more that went for about $1,000 each.

In those four cases, he had the proper paperwork from the establishments, which authorities said meant he actually spent those amounts.

The charges against Dupuis relate to alleged offences between December 2007 and November 2008, a period in which he filed 43 expense accounts totalling $225,000.

Dupuis is the former executive with the Quebec Federation of Labour’s construction wing, having served as director-general…

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