The Crown prosecutor responsible for the case Tuesday morning at the Quebec City courthouse said the scheduled June trial wouldn’t go forward and Tomassi would plead guilty.
Tomassi, a 43-year-old former cabinet minister, wasn’t at the hearing and hasn’t been in court since the charges were laid in 2011.
He waived his right to a preliminary hearing in 2012, opting to go straight to trial by jury.
Tomassi was first elected to represent the Montreal-area LaFontaine riding in 2003.
He was ousted from cabinet and the Liberal caucus in May 2010, shortly after he admitted to using a credit card from the Canadian Bureau of Investigations (BCIA), a now-defunct private security agency, for personal purchases of gasoline while he was a sitting member of the legislature.
The card belonged to his friend, Luigi Coretti, then owner of BCIA, which had received a $4-million grant from the Quebec government.
In October 2011, Tomassi was criminally charged with fraud and breach of trust.
He resigned his post at the national assembly in May 2012.
A sentencing hearing was scheduled for June 5 and 6. Tomassi will be required to be in court for those proceedings.
Tomassi was charged with:- Receiving compensation, an advantage or a benefit from a third-party business dealing with the government, between Nov. 1, 2007, and Dec. 18, 2008.
- Accepting a loan, compensation or benefit from the Canadian Bureau of Investigations and Adjustments security firm in exchange for influence Tomassi had with the government, between July 1, 2006, and Dec. 18, 2008.
- Committing act of criminal breach of trust in relation to the position he held in government.