09/25/2013 08:23 EDT | Updated 11/25/2013 05:12 EST

Nick Rizzuto Given Tax Refund Topping $381,737: Radio-Canada

In this Oct. 16, 2008 photo, convicted Montreal crime boss Nicolo Rizzuto leaves a prison in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Rizzuto, the reputed patriarch of Canada's most famous Mafia family, was shot and killed at his Montreal home Wednesday night, Nov. 10, 2010, a police source said. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

MONTREAL - A published report says the Canada Revenue Agency gave the former head of the Montreal Mafia a tax refund of $381,737 to which he was not entitled.

Nick Rizzuto was arrested as part of a sweeping police operation in November 2006 and sent to prison.

Enquete, an investigative program on Radio-Canada, says Rizzuto received a cheque dated Sept. 13, 2007 for more than $381,000 at a time when, according to the program, he owed tax authorities $1.5 million.

A photo of a cheque worth $381,737 made out to Rizzuto was posted on Radio-Canada's website on Wednesday.

Radio-Canada, the French-language CBC network, quoted Jean-Pierre Paquette, a former Canada Revenue Agency auditor, as saying he told the Rizzuto family not to cash the cheque and that he even went to Rizzuto's home to get the cheque.

Paquette said he believes the cheque was probably the work of a corrupt civil servant.

Rizzuto was assassinated in 2010.

Radio-Canada said the Canada Revenue Agency did not want to comment.

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