November 8, 2012
More arrests in raids linked to Quebec construction industry
Quebec provincial police have arrested 16 people in a series of raids connected to an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud scheme in the construction industry.
The latest wave of arrests in the province's scandal-plagued industry was announced Tuesday and police said they expected to nab a 17th person soon.
The raids stemmed from an investigation that started last year into a vast scheme involving false billing by companies involved in the industry.
Police suspect the scheme allowed the perpetrators to pocket around $9.5 million.
According to testimony heard at Quebec's ongoing public inquiry, construction companies regularly use false billing schemes to raise cash for a variety of illegal purposes. Inquiry witnesses have testified, for example, that cash payments are later doled out to political parties and the Mafia.
Charges to be laid against the 17 accused include gangsterism, fabrication of false documents, and conspiracy.
The early-morning raids were carried out in several cities and towns. Police were accompanied in their swoop by agents from the provincial Revenue Department.
News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., 2012
|MOST POPULAR STORIES|
|TODAY’S TOP CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS|
These projects have been selected from 309 projects with a total value of $9,233,720,297 that Reed Construction Data Building Reports reported on Wednesday.
$500,000,000 Ottawa ON Prebid
$500,000,000 Niagara Falls ON Prebid
$358,545,063 Ottawa ON Negotiated
- Concrete awards recognize Ontario’s best
- New changes will strengthen the culture
- Highway projects completed for 2013
- Lack of established areas driving up home prices
- Auto association pushes for dedicated funding
- New airport construction breaks ground
- U.S. manufacturing sector rising at a quick pace
- Oil projects help to lower deficit
- Vandals cause nearly $250,000 in water damage
- Construction cut back in latest B.C. budget update
- Alberta and Manitoba led the pack for labour productivity
- Feds infrastructure commitment re-affirmed
- Infrastructure impacted by climate change
- West End Residential rises
- Changing procurement impacts felt
- Aurora LNG files export bid
- New Brunswick premier touts pipeline jobs