January 29, 2013
Fraud investigators raid Georges Laraque's homeOfficers raid former NHL enforcer's home and leave with docs
By MAXIME DELAND, QMI AGENCY
MONTREAL - Fraud investigators carried out a raid Tuesday at the Montreal-area home of former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque.
Police in suburban Longueuil entered Laraque's home at 9:30 a.m. armed with a search warrant.
"The operation follows a complaint received in April 2012," said Longueuil police spokesman Mark David.
Officers remained at Laraque's home for around two hours and left with "various documents," said David.
He added that no one had been arrested "for the moment."
It's not clear if the raid is related to a dispute between the 6-foot-4, 250-pound strongman and two former business partners.
Perry Boskus, president of a Florida-based company that produced synthetic ice sheets that Laraque sold in Canada, issued and then retracted a statement last July in which Laraque was accused of questionable business dealings.
Boskus at first said 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."
Boskus backed away from his accusation the following day.
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 was suing Filion for fraud. Fillion said he was countersuing the former NHLer.
Laraque says Filion and Boskus "made hundreds of thousands of dollars with me because of all the rinks that were sold."
Laraque added that he "put (Boskus') product on the map in Canada. He used my image, my name, my connections."
None of the allegations by Laraque or Fillion have been proven in court.
- with files from Brian Daly