The proceedings adopted by Revenu Québec are directly prosecuting Mr. Accurso in his personal capacity, whereas the previous proceedings adopted by Canada Revenue Agency were only against his firms. In the guilty plea deal with the federal taxation agency, Simard-Beaudry Construction Inc. and Louisbourg Construction Ltd. were affected in their ability to obtain government contracts, however there was no judgment in personal capacity of Mr. Accurso. New charges were filed by Revenu Québec on Wednesday, which implied that Mr. Accurso shall face prison in case he is found guilty.
The Quebec government has passed numerous new rules which would prevent similar type of tax fraud by firms and individuals, while also restricting them from obtaining government contracts in case they have a history of legal problems. The provincial investigation has been dubbed as Project Touch, which was also the name of Mr. Accurso’s yacht that he used to entertain powerful figures from the worlds of politics, business and the union movement.