A former Hells Angels pillar arrested during the spring 2001 operation is facing another legal defense, this time for entering the country with too much undeclared cash.
“He failed to report to a customs officer the importation of cash of a value equal to or greater than the amount required by law,” read the Richard Mayrand denunciation.
Mayrand, 58, is a former member of the elite nomadic section of the Hells Angels. He was so influential that he had already led the group in the absence of the late Maurice “Mom” Boucher. “Dick” Mayrand was thus involved in the motorcycle war that had killed more than 150 people in Quebec in six years up to December 2000.
Arrested in a major crackdown on the criminal group in 2001, he received a long prison sentence of 16 years. In 2009 he left the Hells Angels.
Since its release in 2015, however, Mayrand has led a quiet life, after what The newspaper.
However, when he returned to the country last February, he reportedly filled out his travel declaration incorrectly. Under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act, anyone arriving in Canada must report to authorities if they have more than $10,000 in cash on them.
This law, introduced in 2000, aims to combat money laundering.
However, Mayrand would have gone through customs with more than $10,000 without declaring it, leading to his being charged after checks by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
However, he was released and it took almost six months before charges were brought.
Mayrand is due to appear in court in September to announce whether or not he pleads guilty. He faces a fine or, in the worst case, a short prison sentence.
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