Three Individuals Sentenced in Quebec Gas Cartel

OTTAWA, August 16, 2013 — Following a thorough investigation by the Competition Bureau, three individuals have been sentenced today for their role in a gasoline price-fixing conspiracy in Sherbrooke and Magog, Quebec.

The three individuals were found guilty on March 22, 2013 and have been sentenced by the Quebec Superior Court to pay fines totalling $45,000. Yves Gosselin, an Irving employee, Michel Lagrandeur, an independent dealer under the Shell banner, and Linda Proulx, an independent dealer under the Petro-Canada banner, have each been sentenced to pay a fine of $15,000.

Charges were laid on July 15, 2010, as part of the Bureau’s investigation into price-fixing of retail gasoline in certain local markets in the province of Quebec, which was first made public in 2008.

Thirty-nine individuals and 15 companies have now been charged with criminal price-fixing in this case. To date, 33 individuals and seven companies have pleaded or were found guilty with fines totalling over $3 million. Of the 33 individuals who have pleaded or were found guilty, six have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment totalling 54 months.

Additional information on past convictions and fines related to this cartel can be found on the Bureau's website.

The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.


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