Crown suggests four-year prison sentence for ex-Quebec vice-regal Thibault

QUEBEC — The Crown is recommending a four-year prison sentence for former Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault on fraud and breach of trust charges.

Prosecutor Marcel Guimont told Thibault’s sentencing hearing today she should also be required to reimburse a total of $430,000 to the province and the federal government.

Thibault broke down in tears when the judge asked her if she wanted to add anything else.

She pleaded guilty last December to one charge of fraud and one of breach of trust.

The maximum sentence for the fraud is 14 years, while the maximum term for the breach of trust is five years.

Thibault’s lawyer argued Thursday that a 12-month sentence in the community would suffice.

Marc Labelle told the court the most Thibault should repay is $372,000 — with $272,000 coming from money left in a foundation under her name that helps the disabled.

The wheelchair-bound Thibault was lieutenant-governor between 1997 and 2007.

The Canadian Press

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