The lavish expenses of Jocelyn Dupuis
Testimony from Ken Pereira at the Charbonneau Commission has proven to resemble a story from a soap opera: strippers, lavish dinners, men weeping and consoling each other and backstabbing.
Pereira repeatedly explained how his former FTQ boss, Jocelyn Dupuis, would create fake invoices to be approved by the executive – expenses that would never be questioned.
When Dupuis hired Pereira from the International union, he promised Pereira unwavering legal and financial support from the FTQ to recruit new members, virtually taking over International’s share in the union marketplace.
When Pereira proved unable to bring in the numbers, Dupuis seemed unimpressed and the two quickly became enemies in the workplace.
It was in the summer of 2008, Pereira told the commission, that he had enough of Dupuis’ “untouchable” attitude. He conspired to break into a director’s office where he knew the expense reports were kept. His own were kept there.
He previously took a photo of the filing cabinet combination, ordered a lock-picking tool online, and got hold of Dupuis’ expense reports.
“I saw astronomical expenses: $2000 for a dinner, a $500 tip,” he told Justice France Charbonneau. “My goal was to show the leadership of FTQ Construction aren’t working for the workers.”
He met with the head of FTQ and showed him the reports. That’s when a plan was devised to figure out how to kick Dupuis out of the union all together.
Once Pereira stole the documents, he posed as the accountant and called the Cavalli restaurant asking for more documents. The restaurant faxed bills totalling over $26,000 for one month.
It was evident Dupuis was living well beyond the means of his own salary.
When Dupuis met with the executives to show them what he had learned, they fearfully admitted they knew something was up, and also divulged Dupuis had connections to the mob.
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