Fraud artist Vincent Lacroix a free man, victims not happy

Disgraced financier Vincent Lacroix is scheduled to be released today from a half-way house, where he has been living since being paroled in 2011.

And that's not sitting well with some of his victims.

The former CEO of Norbourg Financial was convicted of defrauding over 9,000 investors of more than $100 million dollars.

"It's still cruel that we have to be hearing about this guy," Jean-Guy Houle told CJAD 800 News.

Lacroix fleeced the 72-year-old Laval resident's family out of almost $98,000, money that was left to his granddaughters after their parents died.

Another of Lacroix's victims living in Trois-Rivières declined to be interviewed, but she was content to say that she's disgusted by the news of his release. 

Houle said it's unfair that Lacroix can be walking around free after serving so little time in prison.

Lacroix was sentenced to 13 years in prison, but was released three years ago after serving one-sixth of the sentence.

Lacroix will continue to serve a term of community service, including volunteer work in a low-income neighbourhood.

But Houle said that's not good enough and added he hopes Lacroix goes through the same hell they went through.

"It's not good to wish this on anyone, but I think he deserves to suffer for what he did."

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