Thursday, February 2, 2017

Montreal Mafia defence lawyer Cavaliere pleads guilty to gangsterism

Longtime defence lawyer of the Montreal Mafia, Loris Cavaliere, 62, received a 34-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to gangsterism and weapon possession charges. Loris Cavaliere was described in court as having 30 years of experience representing members of different organized crime factions, but particularly Italian branches.

Cavaliere was arrested two years ago in a major police operation targeting a new alliance between the Montreal Mafia, the Hells Angels and the city’s major street gangs.
Cameras installed by police outside the office also documented comings and goings. Cavaliere’s office in Little Italy was used as a meeting spot for high-ranking organized crime members. He was present for most of the meetings, the Crown said, and would share police information with the members, assuring them that it was reliable. Conversations held in the conference room at Cavaliere’s office were recorded by police, as were some of the lawyer’s phone conversations. People were overheard speaking in codes, using words like “rent” and “taxes” to discuss drug trafficking.
On Aug. 20, 2015, crime group members met in a conference room at Cavaliere’s office to discuss ongoing problems throughout their territories. They spoke of resorting to violence if needed.

When police raided Cavaliere’s office and the clothing store on St-Laurent Blvd., they found a semi-automatic pistol wrapped in a shopping bag in the basement ceiling. The gun had its serial number altered, and DNA tests would later match it to Cavaliere. Police also found bullets in his office. Police seized $3,850 in cash at Cavaliere’s office, $17,420 in his car, and $78,000 at another location. Other cash found in a Dodge Caravan used by his wife — $155,000 and $48,500 in American cash — was ordered returned.
Standing before a judge, Cavaliere seemed impatient while answering a series of standard questions about him not being pressured to plead guilty and understanding what it means.

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