Monday, May 23, 2016

Benoît Roberge and Hells Angels leak case

Benoît Roberge
On March 13, 2015 former Montreal police investigator Benoît Roberge pleaded guilty to one charge of gangsterism and one charge of breach of trust for selling information to the Hells Angels.

The former sergeant-detective was assigned to investigate organized crime.

Hells Angel Salvatore Cazzetta
10 audio recordings contain phone conversations between René Charlebois and Roberge. Some reveal how Charlebois and another top-ranking member of the Hells Angels, Salvatore Cazzetta, arranged to pay Roberge. In one instance, Charlebois explains to Roberge how he will pay him $100,000.

“We’ll do it like we did the last time: leave your car on the side, and leave the doors unlocked. We’ll put the money on your backseat. You’ll pick it up later,” Charlebois said on the tape. Charlebois was a member of the elite “Nomad” group of Hells Angels and very close to Hells Angel leader Maurice “Mom” Boucher.

Hells Angel René Charlebois left tapes before committing suicide

Benoît Roberge
Roberge played a key role in putting many leaders of the Hells Angels behind bars, before retiring from the police force to work for Revenue Quebec. His arrest prompted the Montreal police force to launch an internal investigation to determine if other officers might be implicated. On April 4, 2015, Benoît Roberge was sentenced to eight years in prison. With time served factored in, Roberge will serve seven years and three months. He will have to serve half that time before being eligible for parole.

Roberge's lawyer said the sentence sends a strong message to police informers that their security won't be compromised.