Underprivileged children in Laval will benefit from a new $10 million fund, the bulk of which was recovered from the city’s corrupt former mayor.
Of the $10 million, $8.5 comes from the coffers of Gilles Vaillancourt, the longtime municipal leader who came to be known as “The King of Laval.” Vaillancourt served as mayor between 1989 and 2012, when he resigned after allegations of fraud and corruption.
Vaillancourt pled guilty in December and was sentenced to six years in prison. As part of his plea deal, he agreed to pay the city back for money that was illegally pocketed.
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