Sutton Quebec's president and co-founder, multimillionaire Christophe Folla, has just been arrested by the Sûreté du Québec for ordering several arson attacks on some of his competitors in the Laurentians.
Folla, 70, is due to appear at the Saint-Jérôme courthouse on Thursday morning.
Two of his alleged accomplices were also arrested by the authorities. They are the ones who allegedly set fire to several Royal LePage buildings in the Laurentians in recent years.
Between 2017 and 2022, at least five arson attacks were carried out at Royal LePage branches in Sainte-Thérèse and Saint-Sauveur, both owned by the late François Léger, who died in May 2022.
The most recent fire occurred on November 15, 2022. On that day, the exterior of the Royal LePage branch building on Boulevard Curé-Labelle in Sainte-Thérèse was set on fire after an unsuccessful attempt the day before.
On the same day, authorities arrested a suspect suspected of having been ordered to burn down Mr. Léger's other branch, Saint-Sauveur. Fires were set there on Christmas Day 2018 and June 7, 2021.
It took several years for police to catch the man suspected of ordering these arson attacks.
On the Internet, Christophe Folla identifies himself as a licensed residential and commercial real estate agent.
He is still listed in the register of companies as president of Sutton Quebec.