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The Canadian Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the convicted ringleader of an early 2010s scheme that made off with about one-eighth of Quebec’s strategic maple syrup supply to pay a fine of more than 9 million Canadian dollars ($7.2 million), after leading one of the biggest known heists in Canada’s history.

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The court unanimously ruled Richard Vallières must pay the multi-million dollar fine, reversing a lower court order that only fined him 1 million Canadian dollars ($800,000).

The fine, along with another 830,000 Canadian dollar ($665,000) penalty he’s been ordered to pay under a separate court order, roughly totaling the 10 million Canadian dollars ($8 million) Vallières and his associates sold stolen maple syrup for in the early 2010s.

Vallières was found guilty in 2016 of stealing 9,500 barrels worth of syrup from a warehouse in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, Quebec, that belonged to the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ), which tightly regulates production and sales of the region’s maple syrup.

The syrup had a market value of more than 18 million Canadian dollars ($14.4 million), but Vallières said at his trial it was sold at a lower price.

He is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence.