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.