Archived — Additional charges laid in Quebec sewer services cartel

OTTAWA, December 20, 2012 — The Competition Bureau announced today that additional criminal charges have been laid against one company and two individuals for their continued role in a conspiracy to rig bids for municipal sewer services contracts in the greater Montreal region.

As a result of new evidence, Kelly Sani-Vac Inc. and its vice-president Daniel Kelly, as well as Michel Chalifoux, formerly president of Chalifoux Sani Laurentides Inc., face a total of 23 additional criminal charges. Eight charges have been laid against both Kelly Sani-Vac Inc. and Daniel Kelly, and seven charges have been laid against Michel Chalifoux. These additional charges relate to a total of 15 calls for tender between September 2009 and September 2011, for sewer services contracts valued at approximately $750,000.

As part of the same investigation, criminal charges were laid by the Director of Public Prosecution on November 22, 2011, against six companies and five individuals accused of rigging bids for 37 municipal and provincial sewer services calls for tender worth over $3 million. To date, three companies and one individual have pleaded guilty.

See the Bureau's backgrounder for information on the investigation, a list of the accused and the charges.

The Bureau's investigation benefitted from cooperation under the Bureau's Immunity and Leniency Programs, which create incentives for parties to address their criminal liability by cooperating with the Bureau in its ongoing investigation and prosecution of other alleged cartel participants.

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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