Dis­graced ad­man granted pa­role

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - National - By Paul Cherry

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.

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