Seated on an old wooden rocking chair, René “Balloune” Charlebois, one of Maurice “Mom” Boucher’s brothers in arms, delivers his will.
Behind the camera during the 1h40 recording, we find his accomplice Patrick Péloquin, who will help the police to capture Benoît Roberge.
“Balloune” knows he is being hunted. His hours are numbered. He suggests that Péloquin later upload the video to a website like YouTube so that the general public can see it, which will never be done.
René Charlebois in the 1h40 video he has recorded shortly before he ended his life in 2013
Our Bureau of Investigation was able to view the video in its entirety. To date, only a few seconds had leaked publicly.
“Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars”
Charlebois describes extensively the deals he made with the newly retired police officer, who is at the time in a relationship with a reputable Crown prosecutor.
The Hells member in good standing Angels claims in particular that he gave “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to Roberge in exchange for inside information about police investigations [and the identities of numerous police informants], including:
$160,000 for the names of three coded informants who had secretly assisted the police in Operation SharQc, which targeted the Hells;
$40,000 for the name of a biker who was helping police investigate the Hells Angels in Ontario;
$60,000 for the names of suspects in the Loquacious drug mega-project.
In the case of the last two examples, according to Charlebois, Roberge said he wanted “a couple of a hundred thousand” to give him this confidential information.
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Charlebois even claims that Roberge asked him for “a couple of millions” in exchange for information to find the informer Sylvain Boulanger, who was to be the star witness for the prosecution in SharQc. He says he never paid this sum in the end, even if the ex-investigator “insisted”, according to him.
These figures tend to corroborate those put forward by his right-hand man, Patrick Péloquin, who claims to have given half a million dollars to Roberge. However, in pleading guilty, the latter admitted to having received only $125,000.
Who is telling the truth? Benoît Roberge declined our interview request. On the other hand, he sent us text messages in which he claims that Péloquin told “countless lies distorting the police investigation”. Roberge says he now wants to “rebuild [his] life in simplicity and peace”.
WHAT RENÉ CHARLEBOIS SAYS IN THE VIDEO
< p>“Today, if I decided to make this video, it is because I am dead. If it comes out, I'm sure I'm dead, then that's to clear my reputation.
“The information that I am going to give you is thanks to Benoît Roberge, who passed on everything to me in return for fairly large sums of money which were paid .”
“[Roberge] kept coming back [to offer info for sale] because he wanted millions for his golden retirement. He hit me and he didn't stop.”
“At one point, it [Roberge] happens to me: 'Look, there's going to be a big, big police operation soon. They will arrest several Italians in relation to Raynald Desjardins”.
“There, he [Roberge] said: “There is going to be a very big operation which will happen within a week. It's about one of your brothers from British Columbia named Amero.” He said, “I give you that file, but I want a hundred or a hundred and fifty thousand for it. They will be arrested next week by Wednesday at the latest. They make the raid, complete. They take all of these people on board”.
“How do you know that? [Roberge replies]: “I am aware of all the investigations, but this particularly, Operation Loquace, my wife is in charge of that.” His wife, in Roberge, is […], the Crown prosecutor who is in charge of the Loquace project. “She must not know that, that I give you information on the people who are going to be arrested. It's her file. I read all his file, and here I give it to you. If my wife finds out about that, I'm dead”.
“I don't want to give him $100,000 – 200,000 – 300,000 for each piece of information he gives me, it won't end. I'm going to try to “deal” it as much as I can because I don't want it to cost me a fortune.”
“I am telling you, the people of Quebec, and everyone who wants to listen, the truth about the corrupt police officers, about everything Roberge sold me that he got hundreds of thousands of dollars. That thanks to him and [the] information he gave me, I saved a chapter of the Hells Angels in Ontario plus several members.”
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Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128