A luxury apartment building in Estérel, owned by a former developer, was completely destroyed by a fire of dubious origin on Thursday evening.
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Firefighters in this Laurentian city were called to the Avenue des Fauvettes around 10pm on Thursday evening when a violent fire ravaged the residence of entrepreneur Peter Lashchuk.
The home, valued at more than $1.5 million, is a total loss. Although it is still not known what started the violent fire, the authorities confirmed that the criminal thesis is being investigated.
“We currently have four people being hit by the police. That’s all we know,” says Stéphane Tremblay, spokesman for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
It is a witness who would have provided police with the description of a vehicle after seeing it leave the scene of the fire.
The car was then sighted on Highway 15 around 10:50 p.m., allowing for the arrest of its passengers.
Peter Lashchuk is a former business partner of entrepreneur Lino Zambito, with whom he ran the construction company Intrabec. At that time he was also her brother-in-law.
Zambito was a key witness for the Charbonneau Commission. Appearing before the Commission in 2012, he asserted that Lashchuk was unaware of the illegal practices of the company, in which he owned 50% until its bankruptcy.
As of September 2012, Mr. Zambito was the first witness to reveal, among other things, the existence of a contract-sharing scheme in Montreal, the payment of a rebate to the Mafia, and the existence of a corruption scheme in Laval.
Despite pleading guilty to six counts of conspiracy, fraud and bribery, the entrepreneur narrowly escaped jail time in 2015.
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