The former head of a Quebec construction firm who pleaded guilty to bribery charges earlier this month has been found dead near his home in Repentigny, according to reports by Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) and other media.
The body of Antonino Catania, 72, was found in the Assomption River behind his home on Lacombe Blvd. by provincial police divers on July 4.
Repentigny police spokesperson Guy Bélair said the body was retrieved 20 feet from Catania’s home. Police do not suspect foul play.
Catania had been missing for a few hours when police were called by a member of his family Monday night, Bélair said.
Police searched for him in and around his home.
“Following the search, we realized he could be in the river,” Bélair said.
Provincial police searched the river and found him.
Catania previously ran Catcan Entreprises with his son Paolo.
Earlier this month, the elder Catania pleaded guilty to charges of fraud amounting to more than $5,000, fraud on the government and breach of trust. He hadn’t been sentenced.
CBC says Catania’s lawyer says the businessperson was in the advanced stages of cancer and was no longer responding to chemotherapy.
His son Paolo also pleaded guilty to fraud charges on behalf of the company.