Laraque says police raid at his home no big deal

Georges Laraque



QUEBEC CITY - Former NHLer Georges Laraque told QMI Agency Sunday that the police search at his Montreal-area home earlier in the week was "exaggerated" by the media.

The fraud squad of a police force just south of Montreal searched Laraque's home Tuesday for documents relating to a dispute between him and his former business partner, Marc Filion.

While in Quebec City for its Winter Carnival festivities, Laraque told QMI Agency that "(The police) came for documents from the company because I used to be its president and that's it. For sure it was exaggerated in the media... I have nothing to hide."

Laraque and Filion formed the company Super-Glide Canada in 2009 to distribute synthetic ice panels.

That relationship went sour.

Laraque had previously told QMI Agency he called Montreal police in April to accuse Filion of taking money from their company to pay off a personal debt. Laraque said he is suing Filion for fraud.

Filion told QMI Agency in 2012 that he was counter-suing Laraque for fraud, but wouldn't give details.

Mark David, spokesman for the police of Longueil, Que., south of Montreal, would only say police searched Laraque's home
"following a complaint received in April 2012."

Aside from his business projects, Laraque is also the deputy leader of the Green Party of Canada. Its leader, Elizabeth May, told QMI Agency last week that regardless of the fraud allegations and police search, she won't ask Laraque to step down from.

"I'm not alarmed," she told QMI Agency. "He'd already told me about this."

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