Another former city engineer pockets small fortune
Former city of Montreal engineer Luc Leclerc says he can't say how much money he took from construction entrepreneurs over the years but he says he spent around $500,000.
He put around $50,000 on his house, invested some $175,000 on a restaurant business venture of his daughter, another $75,000 on his son's renovation project, and spent $100,000 on his own, here and there.
He returned $90,000 to the Charbonneau commission's investigators just this week.
Leclerc says he accepted his first cash payment from an entrepreneur, $1000, in 1996 or 1997. But even before then, in 1995 he accepted a free golf trip to the Dominican Republic, in the company of Gilles Surprenant, Paolo Catania and Vito Rizzuto. The reputed mafia chieftain was described by Leclerc as an excellent travel companion, funny and charming.
But, as much cash as he took Leclerc says he preferred non-cash gifts, which included everything from hockey tickets to cigars to bottles of wine, golf trips and even a ham.