Laval Police arrest two former STL union leaders

Forensic investigation of alleged embezzlement started a year ago

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The Laval Police Department says it arrested two people last week in conjunction with a suspected fraud involving funds alleged to have been embezzled from the union representing the Société de transport de Laval’s bus drivers.

Former union heads

According to media reports, the two individuals arrested were former Syndicat des chauffeurs de la STL president Richard Ouimet and the union’s former general secretary Serge Coderre.

The arrests came following a year-long investigation, according to the reports which also quoted a Laval Police spokesperson, who said the amounts alleged to have been taken are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Previously suspended

In March 2015, Ouimet was suspended from his duties at the union after becoming involved in several altercations with another union member. Later he was dismissed.

At the time, a conflict was brewing within the union over its affiliation with a larger organized labour union, as well as over the management of funds. The Syndicat des chauffeurs de la STL was eventually placed under trusteeship by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and remains so.