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A human chain that goes around the globe, the end of famine for all the children of the world and a profitable artistic work that brings people together. Aren’t those sweet dreams? However, those dreams have turned into nightmares for investors in a Hollywood-style local scam. The documentation Lovaganza: The Great Illusionby Aude Leroux-Lévesque and Sébastien Rist, draws an impressive portrait.

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It all started in 2009 when Jean-François Gagnon and Geneviève Cloutier embarked on a world tour to write the film trilogy Lovaganza, whose influence, they announced, would make it possible to offer an equal quality of life to all the children of the world. The couple lived star-studded lives, funding their imaginative escapades for years with funds from local individuals raised in Quebec by their friends and associates at Oneland, Mark-Érik Fortin and Karine Lamarre. The latter promised that once a deal was signed with a major film studio, investors would see their bet multiplied by 2, 5 or even 10!


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If the premise of this scam that has collected millions of dollars from the backs of hundreds of victims seems far-fetched, Lovaganza: The Great Illusion shows with testimonials that send shivers down your spine how the charismatic quartet managed to fool their employees in Quebec and California as well as ordinary investors. These brilliant liars didn’t bother to extort as much money as possible. A “fake” visit to Cannes, multiple celebrity photos, shoots with staggering budgets, and even a fake birthday message from Steven Spielberg all put powder in the eyes of their innocent prey. Among them, it is heartbreaking to hear a teary-eyed woman share how ashamed she was of being caught and then having to restructure her apartment. A man who found investors for the cause on the criminal side feared for his life when he was asked where the promised money was. He had to pay them out of his own pocket to ensure his safety. Former Oneland employee Jean-François Simard understood his employers’ embezzlement too late. He now runs an information page on the affair to prevent others from falling into the net of Jean-François Gagnon and Geneviève Cloutier, which is unfortunately possible because the duo are continuing their machinations under a different project name.


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Pierre-Olivier Zappa urges caution

Pierre-Olivier Zappa, journalist and TVA news anchor, testifies in Lovaganza: The Great Illusionso he covered the case I in 2015. After receiving an email warning that the Autorité des Marchés Financiers would freeze Oneland’s accounts, Pierre-Olivier Zappa investigated the case for several months, going so far as to put Jean-François Gagnon and Geneviève Cloutier before theirs Luxury to ask California villa. His work, like that of several other journalists, was essential in informing the population of what was happening.

“The journalistic work made it possible to lift the veil of a large-scale fraud. It shows that in 2022 we can still fall victim to this type of scammers. I also have to say that the judiciary in Quebec, especially when it comes to white-collar crime, sometimes seems powerless against organizations that use all sorts of tactics,” he explains. Pierre-Olivier Zappa wants viewers to keep this story with cautious reflexes. “When the time comes to entrust or invest money, don’t be seduced by the first comer. Look up your financial advisors and make sure they are accredited by the authorities. You have to be extremely vigilant, especially at a time when we are being bombarded with new financial products like cryptocurrencies,” he warns.

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