Ex-Liberal MNA Tony Tomassi pleads guilty in credit-card case

A former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister has pleaded guilty in a case involving illegal use of a credit card.

Tony Tomassi is hoping to avoid jail time when he's sentenced later this morning.

Tomassi pleaded guilty in a Quebec City courtroom to a charge of receiving a material benefit from a third party, while two other charges of fraud and breach of trust were stayed.

The Crown and defence have made a joint suggestion that would see Tomassi avoid jail time, serve 240 hours of community service over 18 months and reimburse $11,750.

Both sides agreed that the 43-year-old Tomassi, who has no previous criminal record, has already had to deal with the stigma of public opinion.

The ex-family minister was forced out of the Liberal caucus in 2010 after reports surfaced he had been using a credit card provided by a company that received millions in government grants.

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  1. Paul posted on 06/05/2014 11:12 AM
    And that, my friends, is why corruption is so widespread in Quebec and will continue to be. The punishment is negligible.
  2. Paul posted on 06/05/2014 12:31 PM
    Are those the weapons that we are using to fight corruption?
    Stayed charges and community service?

    What is the point of having a UPAQ if nobody goes to jail?
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