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Archived — Individual fined in Quebec gasoline price-fixing cartel

OTTAWA, May 30, 2011 — 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 Magog, Quebec.

Micheline Lapointe-Cabana, owner of a service station in Magog, was sentenced to personally pay a fine of $20,000. Ms. Lapointe-Cabana's station is operated under the Petro-Canada banner.

Following an investigation by the Competition Bureau, charges were laid in June 2008 and July 2010 against 38 individuals and 14 companies accused of fixing the price of gas at pumps in Victoriaville, Thetford Mines, Magog and Sherbrooke, Quebec. As of today, 11 individuals and six companies have pleaded guilty in this case, with fines totalling over $2.8 million. Of the 11 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 price-fixing cartel can be found on the Bureau's Web site.

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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