SNC Lavalin reaches agreement to repay Quebec municipalities for contracts obtained through fraudulent tactics

SNC Lavalin reaches agreement to repay Quebec municipalities for contracts obtained through fraudulent tactics

Engineering giant SNC-Lavalin has reached agreement to pay restitution to seven Quebec municipalities for obtaining contracts through questionable means. Neil Bruce, CEO of the Montreal-based engineering and construction firm, says the settlements under the province’s voluntary reimbursement program are “final and fair.” The provincial government launched the program in November 2015 aimed at recovering money paid in connection with public contracts obtained as a result of fraud or fraudulent tactics. It gave businesses and individuals…

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Defendant in MUHC fraud trial wants charges tossed

Defendant in MUHC fraud trial wants charges tossed

One of the defendants in the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) fraud trial is seeking to have the charges against him thrown out based on the Jordan ruling. Yohann Elbaz, once of the five defendants in the case, is facing several charges, including fraud and money laundering. The Crown alleges top executives from SNC-Lavalin paid a $22.5-million bribe to MUHC senior administrators to secure the $1.3-billion contract to build the McGill University Health Centre’s Glenn superhospital. Yohann…

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Former head of Federal Bridge Corp. pleads guilty to kickbacks over SNC-Lavalin bridge contract

Former head of Federal Bridge Corp. pleads guilty to kickbacks over SNC-Lavalin bridge contract

The 65-year-old former head of Canada’s Federal Bridge Corporation has pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges. Michel Fournier was sentenced to five and a half years behind bars. The charges were connected to allegations of kickbacks and the contract awarded to SNC-Lavalin to renovate Montreal’s Jacques-Cartier bridge. His arrest was the result of an RCMP investigation into millions of dollars in payments to a Swiss bank account Fournier opened in 2000. pleaded guilty on Thursday to…

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Charges officially dropped against Arthur Porter, two years after his death

Charges officially dropped against Arthur Porter, two years after his death

Criminal charges against Arthur Porter, the man accused of committing what Quebec authorities described as the biggest corruption fraud in Canada’s history, have officially been abandoned, two years after his death. Crown prosecutor Nathalie Kleber said she filed Porter’s death certificate in court after receiving confirmation of its authenticity from authorities in Panama. Porter died in Panamanian custody in 2015, he was 59. Quebec’s anti-corruption unit accused Porter of accepting a $22.5-million bribe in connection…

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MUHC fraud case back in court end of September

MUHC fraud case back in court end of September

Crown prosecutors and defence lawyers working on the MUHC fraud case are scheduled to be back in court on Sept. 27. They met before a judge for a pre-trial meeting on Thursday. Proceedings are under a publication ban. A date for the trial has not been set. Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime and Riadh Ben Aïssa, who once served as a vice-president of the engineering firm’s construction division, are accused of paying $22.5 million in…

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SNC-Lavalin fraud cases resume June 29

SNC-Lavalin fraud cases resume June 29

Fraud cases resume later this month against several former SNC-Lavalin executives charged in relation to the company’s contract to build a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital, nearly five years after the charges were initially laid. Former CEO Pierre Duhaime, who faces charges of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and using forged documents, declined to comment after a pretrial conference June 9. Also appearing in court were former vice-president Riadh Ben Aissa, ex-CFO Stephane Roy and ex-McGill University…

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MUHC fraud trial might be in jeopardy before it starts

MUHC fraud trial might be in jeopardy before it starts

Crown prosecutors assigned to the fraud trial of former executives of SNC-Lavalin and the McGill University Health Centre are bracing for the possibility that defence lawyers will petition the court to toss out the case because it has dragged on for more than four years. At a pre-trial conference scheduled for Friday, defence lawyers are expected to invoke the Jordan ruling by the Supreme Court last year, which set strict limits on the wait times…

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SNC-Lavalin paid $22M to offshore company to get Algeria contracts

SNC-Lavalin paid $22M to offshore company to get Algeria contracts

Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin paid a secret Caribbean-registered company to intercede on its behalf to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in business in Algeria, the Panama Papers show, in a similar pattern to how the engineering giant operated in Libya, for which it is facing charges of paying bribes and committing fraud.  SNC landed at least $4 billion in contracts in Algeria during a prosperous decade for the company in North Africa. The Panama Papers reveal a number of…

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