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Mastermind of Quebec maple syrup heist gets 8 years in prison, $9.4M fine

Bottles of maple syrup are show at Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud, near Montreal, March 4, 2010.
Bottles of maple syrup are show at Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud, near Montreal, March 4, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL – Three men convicted in connection with the theft of $18 million worth of maple syrup in Quebec were sentenced on Friday to between two and eight years.

Superior Court Justice Raymond Pronovost sentenced Richard Vallieres to eight years in prison, confiscated $606,500 from him and fined him another $9.4 million.

Vallieres, who was convicted of theft, fraud and receiving stolen goods, will have to pay back the money over a 10-year period or risk having his sentence increased by six years.

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The other two men, Raymond Vallieres and Etienne St-Pierre, were each sentenced to jail terms of two years minus one day, to be served in the community, as well as three years probation.

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Raymond Vallieres will be required to pay $9,840 within one year, or go to jail for six months, while St-Pierre must pay $1.3 million over 15 years or be imprisoned for five years.

A fourth man charged in the case, Jean Lord, was acquitted.

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