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Montreal man receives letter from Quebec government saying he is dead

Montreal man receives letter from Quebec government saying he is dead
Montreal man receives letter from Quebec government saying he is dead

After a Montreal man returned from a long vacation in Costa Rica, he received the surprise of his life in the mail: the Quebec government believes he is dead.

In a 14-page letter from the Department of Justice, the government said it hopes to collect money from Nick Fatouros’ estate for a speeding ticket. The problem is, Fatouros is alive and well.

“I laughed. I said, ‘Wow, that’s news to me,'” he said in an interview at his home on Thursday.

A letter stating that Nick Fatouros is officially dead. (Submitted)

The 34-year-old says he appealed a speeding ticket from 2022 and then went on an extended vacation to Central America.

“I completely forgot about it, came back and got this letter,” he said.

Fatouros said he was shocked and is glad his mother never saw it.

“If she opened this and I was traveling, God forbid, she would say, what’s going on?”

Fatourous said he tried to call the government to prove he was alive, but he couldn’t talk to anyone. “It’s very difficult to get through, very difficult to get through,” he said.

“Sometimes mistakes like this happen, but it’s very rare,” said attorney William Korbatly.

Korbatly says Fatouros must quickly declare that he is alive.

“It has implications not only for this traffic violation, but for his entire follow-up and everything around it,” he said.

Fatouros says he just wants to prove that he is not a walking corpse.

“My next step is to look into this and tell them, look, maybe it was a mistake, a typo? Who knows?” he said.

The Justice Department did not respond to CTV News’ request for an interview on Thursday. Shortly after 6 p.m., a spokesperson for the department said in an email that the mistake was a case of “human error.”

“The Collector of Fines inadvertently used a letter template used to correspond with an estate instead of the template normally used to communicate with a defendant. We apologize for the situation,” the email said.

“An appropriate follow-up discussion will take place with the citizen.”