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Tony Accurso fraud, corruption trial ends in mistrial

Construction magnate Tony Accurso is seen on an image taken off a television monitor in 2014.
Construction magnate Tony Accurso is seen on an image taken off a television monitor in 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

The fraud and corruption trial of well-known Quebec construction boss Tony Accurso has ended in a mistrial.

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The judge presiding over the case says he was left with no choice after some of the jurors were given information pertaining to a key witnesses.

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Quebec Superior Court Justice James Brunton came to the conclusion today the jury had been contaminated as one juror had relayed the information to two others.

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Accurso, 65, was on trial for charges stemming from a corruption scheme that included former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt.

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The Crown was initially expected to make its final arguments Friday.

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Accurso faced five charges: conspiracy to commit corruption in municipal affairs; conspiracy to commit fraud; fraud; corruption of municipal officials; and breach of trust.

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