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Former Quebec union boss Jocelyn Dupuis sentenced to 12 months

Former president of Quebec's FTQ labour union Jocelyn Dupuis , right, and his lawyer Jean-Daniel Debkoski leave the courtroom after being found guilty of fraud charges in Montreal on September 26, 2014. .
Former president of Quebec's FTQ labour union Jocelyn Dupuis , right, and his lawyer Jean-Daniel Debkoski leave the courtroom after being found guilty of fraud charges in Montreal on September 26, 2014. . Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — The former leader of one of Quebec’s main construction unions has been sentenced to 12 months in jail.

Jocelyn Dupuis was convicted in September of faking and inflating bills worth more than $63,000.

Police said during his trial that the majority of the bills Dupuis expensed to his union were for lavish restaurant meals and expensive bottles of wine.

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His lawyer indicated he will appeal today’s ruling, although Dupuis will most likely have to spend the weekend behind bars.

Dupuis was head of the Quebec Federation of Labour’s construction wing between 1997 and 2008.

The Quebec court judge who found Dupuis guilty said the Crown’s evidence against him was overwhelming.

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