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Top Cop Fueled "Biker War"

Benoit Roberge selling information to Hells Angels

Below: Read what is reported in the news

Benoit Roberge

Société Radio-Canada (CBC's French service) aired a program, Enquête which investigated l'affaire Roberge.

We know Benoit Roberge sold information to Hells Angels René Charlebois but not since when. Speculation is about 2004. [earlier maybe 1994-95?] It is also unknown if he sold information to others. It is easy to speculate he did and unfathomable he did not since it was reported he played all sides during his career. Also known is that he faces charges of gangsterism and this requires three people. Who are the others?

Unknown is what the information was. One thing certain is it was not the portfolio holdings that an "enemy" held at Scotia-McLeod or its value. More likely it was who goes where, who does what, and who hangs where and when.

Also unknown is the content of the recording which was surrendered to the police by that terrified third party below who was asked that the recording be made public if anything should happen to him [Charlebois]. Coincidently something did happen to him. What juicy information is contained in it?

“To stir things up, to see if they have balls”
-- Eric Nadeau

In the program, Enquête, Roberge's informant of 12 years, Eric Nadeau who was in the entourage of the Hells Angels' rivals, states he was given Charlebois' address by Roberge to give to these same rivals. "To stir things up, to see if they have balls". He continues saying the intent was to provoke an attempt on Charlebois' life; an attempt which was aborted because that day the occupant of Charlebois' car was his wife. But it confirmed the validity of the address and reinforced Nadeau's position within his entourage.

"Unacceptable, if true" states Roberge's immediate superior.

Sylvain Tremblay, a police co-ordinator states that if true it does constitute a conspiracy [to murder]. Understandably, Tremblay made allusions to the veracity of everything Nadeau said without mentioning which parts. "...not everything he says is false..."

When these same informants testify on their behalf it seems nothing is false.

How many people were killed using Roberge's information?
.... So who started this "war"?

Enquête also mentions Roberge was instrumental in recognising that bikers were a real danger and not just bad dressers as his superiors thought. At this juncture one must ask whether Roberge was a visionary or just arranged for his vision to become reality.

“They want to send me to hell but I'm not going alone”
-- Benoit Roberge

The broadcaster continues by interviewing a long time friend of Roberge, Benoit Perron, who states that, during a telephone call from Roberge in jail, he tells him "Ben… they [police] are very harsh with me… would like to see me dead… they want to send me to hell… well I'm not going alone".

TVA's crime reporter Claude Poirier had a telephone conversation, on air, where a man claims to have heard the recordings while in jail with Charlebois and he tells Roberge "It's over. We're not paying any more". [A $100,000 payoff was confirmed in the Enquête program] Roberge threatens to start rumours that Charlebois is working with the police. Charlebois laughs and says "No one will buy that. They all know I'm solid". To which Roberge replies "Your family and kids are on the outside".

Charlebois subsequently leaves his unlocked prison home through the front door never to return. He is only missed that night at role call.

Ex SQ officer, Guy Ouellette, with a solid reputation for being honest, states in his Enquête interview "I was not surprised when I heard of [the] Roberge [affair]". One speculates why he [Ouellette] retired at the height of his career. Did he suspect this type of corruption and wanted no part?

From a Société Radio-Canada partnership web portal: [in French]
Enquête - l'affaire Benoit Roberge

Given the degree and scope of corruption in Quebec which was unearthed by the Charbonneau Commission, it does not take a great leap of the imagination to speculate the virus had spread to other sectors of public service.

Expectations are that l'affaire Roberge will be silently swept under the rug.

What is reported in the news

According to Radio-Canada, Benoit Roberge was funnelling information to René Charlebois, a Hells Angels hit man who was serving a life sentence for murder until he escaped from a minimum security prison in mid-September. Speculation is that Roberge aided Charlebois to get to this minimum.

While in prison, René Charlebois allegedly recorded several incriminating conversations he held with Roberge. According to Radio-Canada, Charlebois brought the recording with him when he escaped and handed it over to a third party, asking that the recording be made public if anything should happen to him.

Less than two weeks later, Charlebois was found dead by police inside a home several kilometres north of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, as they were closing in on him.

Radio-Canada reports the third party, terrified to have the recording on hand, handed it over to the police. That same recording allowed an undercover officer to set up a sting operation and catch Roberge.

The broadcaster said police began probing Roberge after the biker's death.

The undercover officer met with Roberge and told him he would hand over the recording for $50,000. Radio-Canada reports the Quebec police took Roberge into custody after he said he would be willing to pay $10,000 up front and $40,000 later.

Further complicating matters is that Roberge's spouse, Nancy Potvin, is a Crown prosecutor specialising in organised crime. In a statement, the prosecutor's office said Roberge's spouse has been temporarily stripped of her responsibilities, with pay, and she no longer has access to Crown files.

The statement said she has co-operated with provincial police investigators and there is nothing to believe she was involved in any of the alleged activities which led to the charges against Roberge.

Roberge, 50, was a sergeant-detective who worked for 11 years in specialised squads that investigated organised crime. He teamed with RCMP and provincial police officers, among other forces, and his last five years were spent investigating criminal bikers.

Roberge retired from the Montreal police. He was working as head of Revenue Quebec's intelligence division but Revenue Quebec announced they decided to fire Roberge following his arrest.

So much for the "Presumption of Innocence" --

Roberge appeared in court on four charges: one of obstructing justice, one of breach of trust and two related to gangsterism [obstructing justice for the profit of a criminal organization].

467.1 (1) of the Criminal code defines "criminal organization" a) as a group, however organized, that is composed of three or more persons in or outside Canada; and b) [defines it activities]

Similarly, Ian Davidson, a Montreal police detective implicated in the same type of scandal killed himself in January, 2012, while under investigation over whether he peddled a list of police informants to the Mafia. Ian Davidson took his own life after being outed as a mole in different newspaper reports.

During his career, Benoit Roberge had made a name for himself in the highly specialised world of criminal bikers. He was a former controller of the late Dany Kane, a murderer, drug dealer, and informant who worked undercover for the police and played a key role in the crackdown against the Quebec Hells Angels in 2001.

After initially working for the RCMP, Dany Kane was eventually handled by Roberge and an SQ colleague, Robert Pigeon.

Police reports state informant Dany Kane committed suicide in 2000.