Twelve years in prison, Michelle Bouchard will be well into her sixties before she’s ever freed.
A jury Thursday (21 April) found her guilty of 25 of the 26 theft related charges she faced.
Wasting no time passing sentence, Justice Paul Worsley sentenced her for a total of seven years for theft, one year for forgery, and four years for money laundering.
Miss Bouchard never flinched.
Hand-cuffed and flanked by police officers, the 55-year-old French Canadian was led down the stairs of the Grand Court annex building and put into the back of a prison van.
She was driven just a few hundred yards to the main court building, to complete paperwork after sentencing.
In court, the judge told her that he was thankful the man she stole from was suffering from dementia. That way, said the Judge, he will never understand how she repaid his trust and affection.
Justice Worsley told her, “You led an extravagant and enviable life-style. Cosmetic surgery, liposuction, safaris and cruises.”
“The day had come when the gravy train was about to come to an end. You carried on with a double life. Caring on one hand, deceitful and dishonest on the other. You lied to his family and you lied to bank officials.”
“I accept the relationship began legitimately, but turned when you realised how wealthy and vulnerable he was.”
The judge ordered an assests hearing in the future to confiscate Miss Bouchard’s possessions… And give the money back to her elderly victim.