06/16/2011 11:26 EDT | Updated 08/16/2011 05:12 EDT

Ex-Senator Raymond Lavigne Convicted Of Fraud, Gets Six Months In Jail


THE CANADIAN PRESS — OTTAWA - Former Liberal senator and convicted fraudster Raymond Lavigne has been sentenced to six months in jail and six months house arrest.

Lavigne was convicted in March of fraud and breach of trust for misuse of Senate funds and pocketing expenses that were actually run up by his staff.

He was acquitted on a third charge of obstruction of justice.

The 65-year-old faced a maximum 14 years in prison but the Crown wanted a sentence of 12 to 15 months.

At his sentencing hearing, prosecutors cited Lavigne's lack of remorse, his repeated transgressions and the motivation of financial gain as aggravating factors.

But Lavigne's lawyer argued the public humiliation he faced as a result of the charges and the fact he paid back some of the money should soften the blow.