A 58-year-old blue collar worker with the City of Laval was sentenced to three months in prison to be served on weekends, along with two years of probation, after being found guilty at the Laval courthouse earlier this week of defrauding his elderly mother out of $30,000.
Quebec Court Judge Serge Cimon passed the sentence on Michel Brassard of Terrebonne, while also sentencing him to pay $1,000 to an orderly working at a retirement residence in Mascouche where Brassard’s mother was living.
The orderly paid out of her own pocket for many of the elderly woman’s expenses that Brassard would have been responsible for.
After his mother entered the retirement home in 2019, Brassard, who was her only child, became responsible for paying her rent from her accounts which he controlled, although he failed to do so.
When the amounts she owed tallied up to $15,000, he admitted to a social worker investigating the situation that he had been taking money from her for his own purposes, although he promised to refund it.
According to evidence presented in court, Brassard made 80 transfers for more than $14,400 from his mother’s account to his own between September 2019 and March 2021.
He also used his mother’s debit card to pay for restaurant meals, gas, groceries and insurance, while also withdrawing more than $15,000 in cash from ATMs.
Brassard reportedly told investigators that his salary of more than $70,000 wasn’t covering payments he was making on a truck, a camper and a motorcycle.