Son of Montreal mayor facing fraud, obstruction charges

Mayor's son faces fraud, obstruction charges

MONTREAL — The adult son of Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre is facing fraud and obstruction of justice charges stemming from an alleged cyberdependence issue.

Alexandre Coderre faces five charges according to a document filed at the Montreal courthouse, with the crimes alleged to have occurred between January 2015 and February of this year.

The 21-year-old has been charged with two counts of fraud and one each of credit-card fraud, making a false statement to police, and obstruction of justice for allegedly erasing data from his phone late last year.

In a statement to Montreal La Presse, Denis Coderre’s press attache said cyberdependence is at the root of the alleged acts and that the mayor himself alerted police.

Coderre also told the newspaper he doesn’t intend to comment further and will focus on taking care of his son.

The investigation was conducted by Quebec provincial police.

A justice of the peace signed off on the charges in late March and the younger Coderre was charged by summons, with a first hearing date scheduled for this coming Monday.

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the alleged acts occurred between January 2015 and January 2016