Lise Thibault, Quebec’s former lieutenant-governor, is expected in a Quebec City courtroom on Monday for the start of a preliminary hearing to determine whether she should face charges of fraud and breach of trust. The 71-year-old Thibault is accused of spending more than $700,000 without justification over her 10-year term as the Queen’s representative in the province. An investigation launched in 2007 found Thibault was reimbursed for thousands of dollars’ worth of lavish trips, gifts, and receptions for which she couldn’t provide receipts. If convicted, she faces up to 14 years in prison.
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