Tony Accurso

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Antonio Accurso (born November 8, 1951 in Montreal) is a Quebec businessman who specializes in the construction sector. He directly and indirectly controls several construction businesses as well as bars, restaurants, movie theatres, shopping centres, and the Hippo Club in Laval. [1]

Montreal City in Quebec, Canada

Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

Quebec Province of Canada

Quebec is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is bordered to the west by the province of Ontario and the bodies of water James Bay and Hudson Bay; to the north by Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay; to the east by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; and to the south by the province of New Brunswick and the US states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. It also shares maritime borders with Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. Quebec is Canada's largest province by area and its second-largest administrative division; only the territory of Nunavut is larger. It is historically and politically considered to be part of Central Canada.

Construction Process of the building or assembling of a building or infrastructure

Construction is the process of constructing a building or infrastructure. Construction differs from manufacturing in that manufacturing typically involves mass production of similar items without a designated purchaser, while construction typically takes place on location for a known client. Construction as an industry comprises six to nine percent of the gross domestic product of developed countries. Construction starts with planning, design, and financing; it continues until the project is built and ready for use.

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Beginnings and political ties

Tony Accurso was born on November 8, 1951, and studied civil engineering at Concordia University in Montreal. After his Italian-born father's death in 1982, Tony Accurso took over his business, Louisbourg Construction Ltd. [2] [3]

Civil engineering engineering discipline specializing in design, construction and maintenance of the built environment

Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including public works such as roads, bridges, canals, dams, airports, sewerage systems, pipelines, structural components of buildings, and railways.

Concordia University university in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Concordia University is a public comprehensive research university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1974 following the merger of Loyola College and Sir George Williams University, Concordia is one of the three universities in Quebec where English is the primary language of instruction. As of the 2018-19 academic year, there were 46,829 students enrolled in credit courses at Concordia, making the university among the largest in Canada by enrollment. The university has two campuses, set approximately 7 kilometres apart: Sir George Williams Campus is the main campus, located in Downtown Montreal in an area known as Quartier Concordia; and Loyola Campus in the residential district of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. With four faculties, a school of graduate studies and numerous colleges, centres and institutes, Concordia offers over 300 undergraduate and 100 graduate programs and courses.

Accurso heads Simard-Beaudry Construction, one of the leading construction companies in Quebec. [4] Accurso also controls many other companies, especially in the construction sector, such as Louisbourg, Gastier, Constructions Marton or the Ciments Lavallée Cemco. [5]

Simard-Beaudry Construction is a major construction company in the Canadian province of Quebec.

Over the course of Accurso's career, he has had ties and has made donations to representatives of several Provincial Political Parties in Quebec including the Parti Québécois, the Quebec Liberal Party, and the Action démocratique du Québec. [1]

Parti Québécois Sovereignist political party in Quebec, Canada

The Parti Québécois is a sovereignist and social democratic provincial political party in Quebec, Canada. The PQ advocates national sovereignty for Quebec involving independence of the province of Quebec from Canada and establishing a sovereign state. The PQ has also promoted the possibility of maintaining a loose political and economic sovereignty-association between Quebec and Canada. The party traditionally has support from the labour movement, but unlike most other social democratic parties, its ties with organized labour are informal. Members and supporters of the PQ are called péquistes, a French word derived from the pronunciation of the party's initials.

Quebec Liberal Party provincial political party in Quebec, Canada

The Quebec Liberal Party is a federalist provincial political party in Quebec, Canada. It has been independent of the federal Liberal Party of Canada since 1955.

Accurso was a friend of Louis Laberge, the founder of Fonds de solidarité FTQ which is sponsored by the Fédération des travailleurs du Québec (Quebec Federation of Labour). Accurso's businesses have accumulated $114 million (Canadian) in subsidies from Fonds de solidarité. [1] In December 2004 and January 2005 Accurso was pictured with high ranking union officials Louis Bolduc and Jean Lavallée, and former Montreal city manager Robert Abdallah sailing on his 119-foot yacht. [6]

Joseph Léo Louis Laberge, was a Quebec labour union leader. He was president of the Fédération des travailleurs du Québec.

Created in 1983 by FTQ and its affiliated workers, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ is a development capital fund that calls upon the solidarity and savings of Quebecers to help fulfill its mission to contribute to Québec's economic growth by creating, maintain or protecting jobs through investments in small and medium-sized businesses in all spheres of activity. The Fonds also seeks to encourage Quebecers to save for retirement and to offer its over half a million shareholders-savers a reasonable return over and above the outstanding tax benefits they receive by purchasing Fonds shares.

Yacht Recreational boat or ship

A yacht is a watercraft used for pleasure or sports. The term originates from the Dutch word jacht, and originally referenced light, fast sailing vessels that the Dutch Republic navy used to pursue pirates and other transgressors around and into the shallow waters of the Low Countries. The yacht was popularized by Charles II of England as a pleasure or recreation vessel following his restoration in 1660.

In 2009, Frank Zampino, former chair of Montreal's executive committee, sailed on Accurso's yacht before Accurso was awarded a $355-million water-metre contract by the city. The contract was later cancelled and in May 2009, and Zampino was charged with fraud, conspiracy and breach of trust after a two-and-a-half year investigation. [7]

Frank Zampino is a former Montreal politician and is a chartered accountant. He served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal and was the city's second-ranking official.

Tax fraud investigations, arrest and incarceration

On April 8, 2009, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) executed search warrants concerning tax evasion investigations in Accurso's construction companies. [8] In December 2010, two of Accurso's companies, Constructions Louisbourg Ltd. and Simard-Beaudry Construction Inc., pleaded guilty to tax evasion for claiming false expenses, many involving renovations to Accurso's yacht, and paid fines exceeding $4.1 million. Bruno and B.T. Céramique plead guilty to tax evasion in February, 2011, and paid more than $1.3 million in fines. [7] This stemmed from invoices for standard business services were handed out without any work being done. The three construction companies then claimed the fake work as business expenses on their tax returns, dodging about $400,000 in taxes. [9]

Following the report Le fonds sous influence on the program Enquête on September 24, 2009, [10] Accurso sued journalist Alain Gravel and Société Radio-Canada for invasion of privacy and defaming his reputation; he sought $2.5 million in damages. [11] In November 2009, Accurso admitted that the facts presented in Gravel's report were true. The admission was made public July 15, 2010. [12]

In October 2009, Accurso gave $100,000 to fund municipal politician Benoît Labonté's bid when Labonté entered the leadership race for Vision Montréal. [13] [14] [15]

Accurso was arrested with 13 others on April 17, 2012, after investigation by the Unité permanente anticorruption on charges relating to an alleged illegal contract-sharing system near the Montreal suburb of Mascouche. [7] Along with four men, Accurso faced six charges of conspiracy, fraud, forgery and breach of trust by a public officer in an attempt to defraud the government of more than $3 million. [16] [7]

In September 2014, at the Charbonneau Commission, Accurso's publication ban was rejected by the commission. [17] Accurso denied any links to the Montreal Mafia, but did admit Montreal mob boss Vito Rizzuto was a "minor contact". [18]

In February 2018, Accurso was acquitted of the breach of trust charge. [19] On July 5, 2018, Accurso was sentenced to four years in prison after he was found guilty of the five charges: conspiracy to commit acts of corruption, conspiracy to commit fraud, fraud of over $5,000, municipal corruption, and aiding in a breach of trust. [20]

Personal life

On October 26, 2018, his son James was killed in a traffic accident in the Laurentians. [21]

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