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Archived — Sixth individual charged in ventilation bid-rigging scheme in Montreal

OTTAWA, June 29, 2012 — On June 6, 2012, Mr. Yves Rousseau was charged with bid-rigging for his alleged role in rigging bids for a private sector ventilation contract for a residential high-rise building in the Montreal area. At the time of the alleged offense, Mr. Rousseau was vice-president of Ventilex Inc.

Charges were laid on December 21, 2010, against five individuals and eight companies, including Ventilex Inc. In July 2011, one of the companies charged, Les Entreprises Promécanic Ltée, pleaded guilty to three counts of bid-rigging and was fined $425,000.

An investigation by the Bureau found evidence that in five competitive bidding processes between 2003 and 2005, several companies specializing in ventilation, air conditioning and heating services secretly coordinated their bids in order to pre-determine the winners of the contracts. For additional information about the investigation, please see the Bureau's announcement at the time charges were laid in 2010.

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