MONTREAL - The president of a synthetic ice company who sent out a press released Monday about questionable business dealings with former NHLer and Green Party deputy leader Georges Laraque has since retracted fraud allegations.
Perry Boskus, president of a Florida-based company that produced synthetic ice sheets that Laraque sold in Canada, retracted the entire news release that had stated that he removed Laraque as his Canadian distributor "due to allegations of Fraud made by (Laraque's) business partner Marc Filion." Boskus also claimed that Laraque "defrauded me."
By Tuesday, Boskus had changed his tone.
"It was premature to say that Georges Laraque defrauded me," Boskus told QMI Agency Tuesday afternoon. Boskus said he "restated" his Monday news release and removed the parts about Filion's fraud accusations.
Laraque and former business partner Filion formed a company called Super-Glide Canada in 2009 to distribute synthetic ice panels produced by Boskus' company, Global Synthetic Ice.
Laraque said he called Montreal police in April to accuse Filion of taking money from their company to pay off a personal debt to Boskus. Laraque said he is suing Filion for fraud.
Filion told QMI on Tuesday that he was counter-suing Laraque for fraud, but wouldn't give details.
Filion said Tuesday he wanted to speak with his lawyer before commenting further.
Laraque told QMI that he was livid when he read Boskus' comments.
Aside from accusing Laraque of fraud, Boskus told QMI Monday that his company "lost money with George."
"From 2009 to 2012, they made hundreds of thousands of dollars with me because of all the rinks that were sold," Laraque said.
On Tuesday, Boskus said he wanted to clarify: "Sales went down in Canada in the last eight months, but we never lost money," he said.
Laraque said he "put (Boskus') product on the map in Canada. He used my image, my name, my connections."
Laraque said he decided after the QMI article was published to sue Filion for defamation.
"And one more thing," Laraque said. "I didn't get fired," he said.
"I was selling synthetic ice and I was using (Boskus) as a supplier. Boskus wasn't my boss, I didn't work for him."
None of the allegations made by Filion or Laraque have been proven in court.