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Louise Léger-Villandré nailed by Revenue Quebec for $307K in unpaid taxes

Former Hudson director Louise Léger-Villandré has had a sizable amount of assets seized by Revenue Quebec after allegedly lying on her business's tax returns and then trying to sell off some of her belongings.

Ex-Hudson city manager's assets seized after province discovers she tried to liquidate them

Former Hudson director Louise Léger-Villandré has had a sizable amount of assets seized by Revenue Quebec after allegedly lying on her business's tax returns and then trying to sell off some of her belongings. 2:25

Former Hudson director Louise Léger-Villandré has had a sizable amount of assets seized by Revenue Quebec after allegedly lying on her business's tax returns and then trying to sell off some of her belongings.

Revenue Quebec estimates that Léger-Villandré owes it more than $307,000, a conclusion reached after looking into her income tax returns between 2008 and 2012. 

She allegedly made false declarations on her returns for her snow-removal and excavation business, notably that it suffered major losses between those years. She also earned a salary as Hudson city manager during that period.

Léger-Villandré was city manager between 1997 and 2013.

Given the history of this town and everything that's happened, nothing surprises me anymore.- Hudson Mayor Ed Provost

Revenue Quebec says it moved in to seize Léger-Villandré's assets after discovering she had allegedly been trying to liquidate some of them.

In a separate matter, the former Hudson city manager is facing 19 charges connected to a series of events that took place between 1997 and 2013.

Léger-Villandré is accused of fraudulently depositing, over 17 years, more than $1.1 million in municipal cheques into a personal bank account. 

Revenue Quebec says those charges are completely unrelated to the issue of unpaid income taxes.

Hidden microphones

On the same day as reports surfaced that Léger-Villandré had her assets seized, somebody who works for the town confirmed one hidden microphone was found in the town's office and that others are strongly suspected.

Hudson Mayor Ed Prévost says he had no idea why the microphones were there or who placed them.

"I still don't know the bottom of it because I'm not aware of it. But then again, given the history of this town and everything that's happened, nothing surprises me anymore,' said Prévost. 

Many citizens of Hudson say they want answers after this series of scandals.

"I think it's a very weird situation, it's really tough. I think maybe the Minister of [Municipal] Affairs should step in and take action," said Hudson resident Adam Petel.​

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