He always swore he was not aware of. But now police say have evidence establishing that Gérald Tremblay was well aware of the system of corruption that was poisoning his city. A criminal system which he would have knowingly participated to retain power, according to investigators.
The allegations, which have not been tested in court, are from a sworn statement by a sergeant of the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC) obtained by La Presse. The document was used to obtain a search warrant to search the residence of the former mayor of Montreal, looking for evidence of bribery, conspiracy, breach of trust, fraud and using forged documents. The search was executed on 29 July.
Gérald Tremblay, who resigned Nov. 5, 2012, did not respond to our request for an interview. For now, he faces no charges. Such a search does not always lead to a criminal trial.
Survey in Five Times
In the document, the sergeant Jean-Frédérick Gagnon summarizes all the evidence gathered in the investigation dubbed Project Fronde. It is in the context of this investigation that the UPAC raids has multiplied since the beginning of the summer, especially in former elected in firms or offices mingled foul water meters, to be the One of the largest projects in the history of Montreal, which was canceled due to irregularities.
But new documents obtained by La Presse showed that the Fronde investigation well beyond the case of water meters. It has five distinct components:
Illegal funding of Union Montreal, the party of former mayor Gérald Tremblay, by businesses and the use of false invoices for the purpose.
The collusion between these companies and the monks of Union Montreal to share the contracts of the City and rigging tenders.
The use of “collusionnaire up system” to fund the FINA Swimming World Championships in 2005.
The rigging of the tender for the contract for water meters.
A fifth component, the content remains secret for now.
As part of the investigation, the police have met many key witnesses, often people directly involved in the events.
Some of them took up the evidence heard at the Charbonneau Commission, including the sharing of public contracts in Montreal within a small exclusive club of companies, which were supplied in return for the secret party funds Gérald Tremblay.
“I have reasonable and probable grounds to believe that Gérald Tremblay knew of this system,” says Sergeant Gagnon.
Some witnesses have told how they had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to Bernard Trépanier, Union Montreal fundraiser, dubbed “Mr. 3%” because we paid him the equivalent of 3% of the value contracts.
“Bernard Trépanier was organizing” luncheons “and prom nights for engineering firms and law offices have access to Gérald Tremblay and talk about upcoming projects in Montreal,” explained one of those interviewed by ‘UPAC.
The “luncheons” gathered 10 to 40 participants in hotels or private clubs, said this person. “Generally, Gérald Tremblay, Bernard Trépanier and Frank Zampino [the president of Montreal executive committee] were party members who participated in these meetings” in order to finance their political organization and dissemination of information on projects coming, said a witness to investigators. Entrepreneurs could then show their desire to have access to a particular public contract.
Saving water games
Other witnesses, including former right arm Gérald Tremblay Frank Zampino, described how, in 2005, Gérald Tremblay had asked that companies that were granted public contracts in Montreal buy tickets for the World Championships FINA, a project dear to his heart.
The event was in difficulty, “Mayor Tremblay made it a campaign issue,” said Mr. Zampino.
At a meeting, he would have asked employees to “sell tickets to everyone they knew and did business with the city,” said another witness.
“Gérald Tremblay asked:” Who knows Who knows SNC CIMA +? ” “Says the person whose identity is protected. According to the witness, the mayor even wanted the general manager of the City go sell tickets to Tony Accurso. He had refused and Bernard Trépanier, once again, had fulfilled the mission.
A contractor told police he had bought $ 20,000 in tickets, far more than he would have liked, but “it was a Union Montreal look good to have a better chance of winning the elections and and ensure that the system continues collusionnaire, “reads the document UPAC.
“The mayor has happened to the person who saved the games,” summarized Mr. Zampino police.
Contradicted by the facts
Officially, Gérald Tremblay ended the mandate of Bernard Trépanier in 2006 or 2007. When the agents of the UPAC interviewed him in 2011, he explained that he had gotten rid of him because he was abnormal a fundraiser to be as close to the president of the executive committee, Frank Zampino.
The police, however, notes in his paper that the statement of the former mayor “contradicts the facts” uncovered during the investigation, including the holding lunches with Messrs. Tremblay, Trépanier and entrepreneurs, or the holding of an event where the mayor had made the apology of Mr. Trépanier to 200 guests.
“When Gerald Tremblay shakes hands with Bernard Trépanier front of everyone by asking him the results of the cocktail as they are seen, it is clear that he knew Bernard Trépanier continued to organize fundraising activities,” said one witness Interviewer.
Other people confirmed to police that Bernard Trépanier had continued to raise money for Union Montreal even after his alleged dismissal.
UPAC has also conducted a search of Mr. Trépanier July 8 and found evidence of bank deposits related to engineering consulting firms until 2010.
In April 2012, the police returned to question Gérald Tremblay. They asked him if he knew of contacts between Paolo Catania and Bernard Trépanier in 2006, 2007 and 2008 (Trépanier and Catania are accused of fraud in connection with the sale by the City of Faubourg Contrecoeur in 2007). Gerald Tremblay said he was unable to help the police about it. But police noted in his summary that the former mayor had attended a lunch with the two men at the time, in a private club.
Looking for more evidence
The sergeant UPAC concludes his document that explains the basis of the evidence, including links to the former mayor with key players and its application to request contractors to sell tickets for World Swimming Championships, he believes he can find evidence of numerous crimes at Gérald Tremblay.
At this stage of the investigation, the nature of what he discovered in searching but can not be disclosed.
Gérald Tremblay has always maintained that the people around him had betrayed his confidence so that he himself was trying to clean up the morals to the town hall. “I sincerely hope that one day we acknowledge that I fought, often alone, against this system, this collusion and this corruption,” he said in his resignation speech.