Disgraced adman granted parole
MONTREAL — Jean Brault, the disgraced adverting executive snared in the $250-million federal sponsorship scandal, has been granted parole after serving only five months of his 30-month sentence.
The National Parole Board made the decision to grant the 54-year-old both day and full parole on Friday. Brault pleaded guilty March 2 to defrauding the government of $1.23 million on five contracts that his company, Groupaction Marketing Inc., obtained between 1996 and 2000. Three of the contracts were directly related to the sponsorship program. He was sentenced on May 5.
According to commissioner Pierre Cadieux’s written decision, released by the parole board Friday, Brault did not take well to life in a federal penitentiary and suffered from health problems that required hospitalization.
The report also notes Brault has “good community resources” through his family and friends and has a job waiting for him. His case management team rated Brault’s potential for reintegrating back into society as “high.”
“Considering your attraction to money andprestige,yourcasemanagementteam (recommends) that you become involved in humanitarian causes in order to make retribution to society,” Cadieux wrote in his summary while noting Brault has agreed to this.
Because his crimes did not involve violence, he was eligible for an expedited review of his case at the one-sixth mark of his sentence.