Archived — Tenth individual sentenced in Quebec price-fixing cartel

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OTTAWA, December 7, 2009 — The Competition Bureau announced today that another individual has pleaded guilty to criminal charges for conspiring to fix the price of gasoline at the pump in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Michel Dubreuil, the former owner of two service stations under the Esso banner in Sherbrooke, was sentenced to six months in jail. The Quebec Superior Court agreed to allow Dubreuil to serve his sentence in the community, given that he has no prior criminal record and that, given the Court's assessment, he does not pose a danger to society. Dubreuil was also ordered to make a $25,000 donation to a charitable organization.

Charges were laid in June 2008 against 13 individuals and 11 companies accused of fixing the price of gas at pumps in Victoriaville, Thetford Mines, Magog and Sherbrooke, Quebec. As of today, ten individuals and six companies have pleaded guilty in this case, with fines totalling over $2.7 million. Of the ten individuals who have pleaded guilty, six have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment totalling 54 months.

More information on past convictions and fines related to this cartel can be found on the Bureau's Web site. The Bureau's investigation into potential price-fixing in the retail gasoline market continues in other markets in Canada.

The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency that contributes to the prosperity of Canadians by protecting and promoting competitive markets and enabling informed consumer choice.


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