Résidence Herron owner bought office building from Rizzuto’s ‘friend’ for $1

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In 2015, a lawyer representing Marc-Aurèle sent the commission a letter stating he denied “being implicated in the goal of acting as a (front) in the purchase of land for or in the name of Vito Rizzuto.”

In November 2006, when three addresses tied to Marc-Aurèle were searched during a different CRA investigation, he told La Presse he believed he was targeted because he had been friends with Rizzuto for a long time.

“I was his neighbour in Little Italy for 15 years,” Marc-Aurèle told the newspaper.

Four years after the search warrants were carried out, Canada Revenue Agency issued a release announcing Marc-Aurèle pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was fined $366,154. The Dec. 6, 2010, release stated that from 2004 to 2006, he “used various schemes in order to evade corporate income taxes for Les Entreprises Duroc Inc. Until 2006, the company owned Vincent Massey Place, a large office tower located in Gatineau and claimed in its income tax returns $408,788 in false maintenance expenses for the building, as well as $30,652 in false rental car expenses. Evidence showed that the vehicle, a Mercedes, was being used for personal purposes by Vito Rizzuto.”

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