OTTAWA—The man who ran the federal government's sponsorship program has been charged by the RCMP in a scandal that continues to rock the Liberals on the eve of an election call.
Chuck Guité, the former public servant at the centre of the $250 million sponsorship program, and ad executive Jean Brault were arrested yesterday, less than three weeks after Guité proclaimed his innocence in front of a House of Commons committee.
Guité, who doled out millions in sponsorship funds from the public works department, and Brault, who is president of Groupaction Marketing Inc., face six fraud-related charges each on contracts totalling $1,967,000.
Guité was arrested at his home in Ottawa and transported to Montreal in handcuffs for a court appearance.
Brault was taken into custody at RCMP headquarters in Montreal.
Each of the six counts — five of fraud and one of conspiracy to commit fraud — carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, RCMP Corporal Patrice Gelinas told a news conference.