For more than three years, Ashton Leblond has been trying to win back an investment he made with a Quebec businessman who had settled in Florida.
Ashton LeBlond obtained a ruling from the Quebec Supreme Court in September 2019, owing Christian Josselin and his company a $288,000 payment to him.
Since Jocelyn was then living in the United States, Ashton LeBlond was unable to carry out the sentence.
It all started in 2017, when Ashton Leblond stayed in Florida over the winter.
There he met Christian Josselin and his wife,
Very nice and beautiful people insists on the founder of the fast food chain that bears his name.
The couple just moved to Florida after selling their home in Quebec.
Gosselin, a former professional hockey player drafted by the New Jersey Devils, presents himself as an investor.
He asks Ashton Leblond to support him in his project called Home Getaways.
In collaboration with Permastructures, he plans to build modular homes for the American market.
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The restaurateur initially invested $150,000 with a promise that he would receive 10% of the sales, as stipulated in the contract between the two parties.
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The project did not seem to take off and Jocelyn again sought Mr. Leblond’s help.
Then that’s when I’m mad at melaments the septuagenarian, bites his lips.
Then he added $80,000 so Home Getaways could build a model home.
This building will be constructed on land owned by Ashton Leblond, in a luxury RV park in Margate, northwest of Fort Lauderdale.
Gosselin also undertakes by contract to pay Ashton Leblond’s rent in exchange for the lease of the land.
” I, I gave $80,000, from Cash, to build the house, to get started. He never asked for permits, and he never set up a picket to locate the house on a plot. »
Very active in 2017, the Facebook page of Home Getaways hasn’t released any new releases since December of that year.
In a phone interview, Christian Joslin defends himself.
I, I’m a victim in all of this, am so disappointed how it all endedConfirms.
blame him for that permanent structures, saying they had to deal with delivery times and difficulties in obtaining municipal permits.
After suing Christian Joslin in 2019, the Supreme Court ruled in Ashton Leblond’s favor that same year. Judge Michele Lacroix described the analysis of evidence as
With interest, this ruling could allow Ashton Leblond to receive nearly half a million Canadian dollars today.
Everyone who sold the fast food chain earlier this year has no illusions. He’s a little hopeful seeing Jocelyn make up for it.
I’m not the only one
In 2017, another businessman obtained a favorable ruling against Christian Joslin in similar circumstances.
Simon Beaulieu invested CAD$35,405 in Home Getaways.
In the swearing-in statement, a realtor who knows Jocelyn well said that he personally used the sums invested by Simone Beaulieu.
Broker Christian Giroud adds that he realizes that several people have invested tens of thousands of dollars in Permastructures, a partner company of Christian Josselin.
In this statement filed in support of Ashton Leblond’s lawsuit, he gives an example of an American who paid about $200,000.
According to the court document, Christian Josselin and his partner Robert Dubois embezzled the amount for personal purposes.
The broker swears he knows that Jocelyn used the American investor’s money to pay rent and furnish his family’s home.
In an interview, Christian Joslin refuted this assertion, made by the mediator under oath.
However, he acknowledges that he owes a significant debt to this American investor, as do many people, including an elderly Quebec couple.
The spouses’ wife, whom we spoke to, had to remortgage her home to cover her losses.
The 78-year-old, who prefers to remain anonymous, says her husband, an engineer by trade, began investing in Christian Joslin’s ventures several years before he moved to Florida and launched the Home Getaways program.
She no longer believed in Christian Josselin’s repeated promises to pay off her debts.
Christian Joslin stresses that the elderly couple have little chance of getting their money back in the short term.
” You understand I have big plans, and I’m there. I had very big plans. Yes, I had refunds. Yes, I would repay in the next five years, maybe, or whatever, whoever had agreements with me. But there, such refunds are not possible. I can’t even afford a lawyer. »
Ashton LeBlond was devastated when she learned that the older couple couldn’t get their money back.
They can’t afford to lose that. They are old, retired, they just have this to live on, and then take money from them. It’s terrible, it’s terribleMr. Leblond is sorry.
Even with a judgment in hand since 2019, Ashton Leblond has never been able to get his money back. Ashton Leblond’s lawyers finally found Christian Josselin in Quebec, while visiting in July.
He was betrayed by a message posted by his wife on Facebook.
In a post where we can see her in Quebec, she replied to a friend that she is already in the province for a few more days.
Seizing this opportunity, Mr. Leblond’s lawyers summoned Jocelyn to appear before them to question him about his assets and ability to pay.
The 45-year-old did not show up for the appointment.
Therefore, prosecutors in Ashton Leblond once again turned to the Supreme Court to demand an order to bring him – expeditiously – before his return to the United States.
‘close to fraud’
Judge Louis Dion, who considered the application in Jocelyn’s absence, commented during the hearing:
Suppose in my book he is close to fraudJudge dropped.
The judge issued the warrant and Jocelyn finally showed up on the date Ashton LeBlond’s lawyers had set to cross-examine him.
Even if he had very little hope of getting his money back, Mr. LeBlond wanted to pay the costs to take this step and force Christian Josselin to testify.
To arrange it, or teach him a lesson in honesty and franknesscheers the newly retired restaurateur.
Today, Ashton Leblond is enjoying his retirement and wants to continue helping young entrepreneurs. He did it again recently by investing in a young company. But he is more careful.
I’m skeptical, that’s for sure, when you get the sametrust.
He also agreed to lift the veil on his ordeal with Christian Joslin and the Home Getaways Project to send a message to residents.
Don’t invest blindly, He says. It is advised to stay vigil and ask for documents.
You should have tentative plans for new projects. This is a priority, and then, to conduct assessments of monetary capacityAshton LeBlond insists.
Christian Joslin, who claims to have been wronged by Permastructures for explaining his failure, has not taken any action against this company.
He was unable to present a defense during Ashton Leblond’s trial, as the case was proceeded hypothetically in his absence.
Christian Joslin could have asked for the sentence to be overturned when he learned of it, but he did not.
In collaboration with Marie-Josée Paquette-Comeau