A woman with close ties to convicted criminals owns or had stakes in daycares in Quebec that have received $20 million in public funding, according to information obtained by Radio-Canada's investigative program Enquête.
Rosalba Guerrera currently owns the Petite Etoile daycare in the Montreal borough of Anjou and the Au Petit Champignon daycare in Saint-Sulpice, located northeast of Montreal.
Combined, the centres have 160 subsidized spaces.
According to a tally made by Radio-Canada, nearly $20 million in grants have been awarded to daycares Guerrera own or had stakes in over the past 15 years.
Guerrera has no criminal record — a requirement for anyone involved in the running of a subsidized daycare in Quebec.
She has been romantically linked to a high-ranking member of the Hells Angels and her current boyfriend has been convicted of conspiracy for trafficking drugs. Her two brothers have been convicted of drug trafficking, one in the anti-Mafia sting Operation Colisée.
The Laval woman was in a relationship with Hells Angels member Louis (Melou) Roy for 15 years.
Organized crime expert Andre Cedilot said in the 1990s, Roy was the number 2 figure in the motorcycle gang, second only to Maurice (Mom) Boucher.
"He is one of the most influential members of the Hells Angels," Cedilot said.
Biker-linked boyfriend disappears
Guerrera opened her first daycare in 1997.
The following year she bought three taxi licences in Quebec City and gave them to Roch Savard, a Hells Angels associate, to manage.
One of those licences was later revoked because a driver was using his taxi to traffic drugs.
In 2000, in the middle of Quebec's biker wars, Guerrera's boyfriend went missing. Rumours in police circles chalked up Roy's disappearance to an internal cleansing within the Hells Angels, Cédilot said. He is presumed dead.
According to police documents, Guerrera never reported him missing. When she was questioned by the Sûreté du Québec on Aug. 3, 2000, she told provincial police investigators, "It's been 15 years that I've been with a [member of the] Hells. I live in that world and I know how it works. Now, I'm going to try and rebuild my life."
According to court documents, Guerrera's relationships with Hells Angels-linked men didn't end with Roy's disappearance.
In 2010, she took a 24-hour trip to the Turks and Caicos on a private jet with Charles Huneault, a man described in testimony before Quebec's corruption commission as an associate of the Hells Angels.
Huneault, known as le Grand Charles, was arrested in October 2014 in a provincial police operation targeting cheque cashing businesses suspected of tax evasion.
Guerrera was vague about the purpose of their trip, describing it as a brief vacation.
She started dating Alex Guerra, who, in 2011, was arrested as part the RCMP's Operation Cynique in connection with a conspiracy to import 250 kilograms of cocaine.
He was sentenced to five years in prison. As collateral for his $100,000 bail, Guerrera put up her house.
In her testimony at his trial, she said she had sold two of the four daycares she owned, one for $950,000.
Denies criminal activity
When Radio-Canada contacted Guerrera for comment, she insisted she is not a criminal and stressed that she had no criminal record.
She agreed to meet a reporter at a Laval café.
However, her lawyer later contacted Radio-Canada and said he had advised his client not to meet with journalists.
During a subsequent phone conversation, Guerrera told a Radio-Canada reporter that her daycares are well run.
She said she was not involved with the day-to-day operations and she has managers who take care of that. She said her partner Guerra had at one time done odd jobs at the daycare, but was never there at the same time as children.
Guerrera testified that she didn't pay Guerra to do work at any daycare.
A spokesperson for the provincial family ministry said that anyone who works at a daycare, regardless of whether they are paid or if children are present when they are on premises, must have proof they do not have a criminal record.