Self-styled apocalypse guru on the lam after Canadian kids seized



MONTREAL - A self-styled guru at the centre of a massive child-seizure case gave an exclusive interview to QMI Agency from his U.S. desert hideout.

Marcel Pontbriand, 53, says the Mafia put a contract on his head. QMI Agency agreed to keep the precise location of his whereabouts a secret.

Pontbriand made headlines in November when Canadian authorities took custody of 12 children who had been living with him and his followers in Marana, Ariz.

Several Quebecers have said their children and grandchildren moved to Arizona over the past two years to live with Pontbriand, whom they said convinced them the world would end on Dec. 12, 2012.

Some feared Pontbriand was planning a mass suicide.

Pontbriand told QMI Agency the claims that he was an exorcist and a healer are untrue, even though he said he was advised by his lawyer to plead guilty after Quebec's order of physicians charged him with practising medicine illegally. He was fined $600.

He said it's been several years since he has seen any of the roughly 30 Quebecers who followed him to the U.S.

Pontbriand also discussed his role in a technology company that went bust in 2007.

Quebec's financial watchdog accused Pontbriand of bilking 130 people out of $650,000. But Pontbriand said that he "did everything for that company."

He has pleaded guilty to 20 charges under Quebec financial-regulation laws.

He is currently living with his wife and two kids, while Quebec's director of youth protection tries to track him down.

Sun News Videos

Mink farming

Nova Scotia produces half of Canada's mink fur.

Feminist 'consent underwear' spark debate

Do consent underwear just change the conversation from 'rape culture' to 'slut culture'?

Afghanistan's upcoming election

With an election rapidly approaching, change is on its way to Afghanistan. Good or bad, the world is watching.

Ezra Levant’s The Source is the most provocative and thought-changing multimedia show in Canada.

This show is 100% focused on the political battles taking place across Canada, in the United States...even around the world.

Michael Coren brings you strong, balanced opinions to challenge conventional thinking.

Byline brings you the stories you won’t hear anywhere else while exploring points of view that are all too often ignored.