05/21/2015 15:31 EDT | Updated 05/21/2016 01:12 EDT

Lawyer for ex-Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault seeks leniency in fraud case

QUEBEC - Sentencing arguments have resumed in Quebec City for former lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault, who pleaded guilty last December to charges of fraud and breach of trust.Thibault's lawyer says his client deserves leniency because of her charity work for the disabled.Lawyer Marc Labelle said today the 76-year-old Thibault didn't commit her crimes for personal benefit but rather to help society.The Crown is demanding Thibault pay back $430,000 after a 2007 report by the federal and provincial auditors general revealed she claimed more than $700,000 in alleged improper expenses when she held the vice-regal post.Labelle says because Thibault's foundation collected and disbursed about $1.5 million for disabled people she should pay back a maximum of $310,000 and serve her sentence in the community.