Laval’s corruption recovery account continues to grow.
Mayor Marc Demers announced on Tuesday that the city had recovered a total of $50 million that had been defrauded from taxpayers through fraudulent contracts dating back to the administration of mayor Gilles Vaillancourt.
Much of that sum — including $8.5 million paid back by Vaillancourt at the end of his trial for fraud — was recovered through compensation agreements entered into by the parties involved in the contracts and overseen by the provincial government’s voluntary reimbursement program.
The latest total is modest compared to the $41 million that had been amassed in 2018. However the municipality has high hopes to recouping more money since seven lawsuits filed in connection with the questionable contracts remain before the courts more suits may be filed.
Demers said the money would be used to finance a local program for underprivileged young people as well as fund the acquisition of green spaces and infrastructure projects.
Meanwhile, the opposition party at city hall is calling upon Demers to use the funds to cover a tax freeze for residents.