Wiping the slate clean

A court clerk in Quebec is accused of erasing hundreds of convictions from the provincial database

A clerk at municipal court in Terrebonne, Quebec, is facing fraud charges related to allegations he deleted 335 convictions from a database in exchange for money. Benoît Jean is alleged to have gone into the database and changed a judge’s verdict in traffic-related cases in order to prevent people from losing their driver’s license. According to La Presse, the case is entirely unprecedented. The city uncovered the ruse last summer and claims it lost some $60,000 in fines, which it’s now moving to collect.

La Presse