Published on: September 5, 2017 | Last Updated: September 5, 2017 3:37 PM EDT
The son of Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has pleaded guilty to charges filed against him this year in a case alleging he filed false accusations to police after taking on heavy debts over the Internet.
While appearing before a Quebec Court judge at the Montreal courthouse on Tuesday, Alexandre Coderre pleaded guilty to filing a false police report and two counts of fraud.
He also pleaded guilty to two new charges, bringing the total amount of fraud he admitted to at more than $15,000.
On March 23, Coderre, 22, was charged by summons of having mislead one or possibly two Montreal police detectives by accusing “another person” of having defrauded him out of more than $5,000 during an investigation that ran between Jan. 20, 2016 and Feb. 22, 2017. He was also charged with defrauding two different banks “or different suppliers of Internet services” out of more than $5,000 between Jan. 21, 2015 and Aug. 30. 2015.
Another charge alleged that Coderre tried to obstruct justice by attempting to hide information contained in his cellphone. That charge and another were placed under a stay of proceedings on Tuesday.
The case was mentioned often during the Chamberland Commission, an inquiry into how journalists were spied on by police. During the inquiry, Montreal police Chief Philippe Pichet said the only time an elected official ever called him to inquire about a personal matter was when Denis Coderre phoned and said his son was the victim of identity theft. Pichet said he simply told the mayor who he should contact to report the crime.
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