Francesco Fazio, one of eight Canada Revenue Agency auditors charged in a lengthy RCMP investigation into alleged corruption at the agency’s Montreal office, has become the first to be convicted in connection with the probe.
On Friday, Quebec Court Judge Manon Ouimet said she simply did not believe Fazio, 57, a now-former auditor with CRA, when he claimed that the reason he stopped auditing Stamatis Argiroudis’s restaurant in 2005 was because Argiroudis had threatened him. During the trial, which started on June 8, Fazio testified that he dropped the audit because Argiroudis claimed he knew former Hells Angels leader Maurice (Mom) Boucher and members of street gangs, and therefore had underworld connections that could put an end to a nasty CRA audit.
In 2005, Argiroudis owned La Belle Place, a restaurant on Ontario St. E. Fazio was assigned to do a forecast audit of the restaurant’s potential revenue because its reported revenue appeared low.
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