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Ex-Quebec Liberal Nathalie Normandeau benefactors fined

10/08/2013 01:53 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
The Quebec director-general of elections has fined five people for thousands of dollars worth of illegal donations to former Quebec Liberal Party deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau.

The illegal financing was done at an Oct. 2008 event, reads a DGE news release.

The people named were allegedly involved in a straw man, or prête-nom, scheme in which they donated money to the party with money other than their own.

The people being fined by the director-general of elections are:

- Normand Lefebvre, director of Pluritec Ltd.
Three infractions for helping three employees make three contributions of $1,000

- Michel Perrault, Mascouche
Two infractions for helping Yanick Dion and Lucien Laroche contribute $2,500

- Yanick Dion, Montreal
One infraction for donating $2,500 

- Réjean Bergevin, Laval
One infraction for helping Martin Lord donate $1,500

- Carole Archambault, Laval
One infraction for donating $1,500

According to a Radio-Canada exclusive report released last month, the former deputy premier and MNA for the Bonaventure riding in the Gaspé was targeted in a search conducted last July by Quebec’s anti-corruption squad, UPAC.

​Last year, ex-construction boss and Charbonneau commission star witness Lino Zambito named Normandeau at the corruption inquiry.

During his testimony, Zambito alleged that Normandeau accepted bribes from him and said he organized a fundraising event for her in in January 2008 in Laval. It was attended largely by his peers in the construction and engineering business, who paid $5,000 a head for the dinner that he said Normandeau herself attended. The law at the time limited individual donations to $3,000 for each candidate and party.

Zambito said the January 2008 dinner raised $110,000.

Normandeau vigorously denied Zambito’s assertion that she could be swayed by bribes Zambito gave her, like Céline Dion concert tickets. Zambito said she and her friends attended the concert in Zambito’s family’s private box at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Each person named today by the director-general of elections will be fined $500 on top of the amount of their donation. If they plead guilty or are convicted, they will not be permitted to win public contracts held by the director-general for a period of three years.

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