May 21, 2015 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau
A former employee of an Ottawa-based information technology company received an 18‑month conditional sentence, with the first six months to be served under house arrest, after pleading guilty to participating in an alleged conspiracy to rig bids for federal government contracts.
Stephen Forgie, formally of Microtime Inc., was also fined $23,000 and ordered to perform 60 hours of community service.
Mr. Forgie was charged in May 2014 following an investigation by the Competition Bureau into an alleged bid‑rigging conspiracy relating to the supply of professional information technology services to Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
- The Bureau began investigating in 2009 when the matter was brought to its attention by LAC.
- The contracts, which were awarded between April and September 2009, are estimated to be worth a total of $3.5 million.
- Bid‑rigging is a very serious criminal offence that has a negative impact on all Canadians. It deprives buyers of products and services of the benefits of competitive bidding processes and the resulting competitive prices.
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