Canada: 19 month sentence for fourth accused in Gatineau bid-rigging caseChristian Fernsby ▼ | December 2, 2019
A fourth engineering executive accused in a bid-rigging scheme that bilked the City of Gatineau out of an estimated $1.8 million was sentenced to 6 months of house arrest, 13 months under curfew and 120 hours of community service.
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Following a Competition Bureau investigation, criminal charges were laid in June 2018 against Mr. Marquis and three others in connection with bid-rigging on 21 City of Gatineau infrastructure contracts awarded between 2004 and 2008.
Mr. Marquis admitted to joining a scheme in 2005 in which executives from several engineering firms conspired to fix bid prices and divide up the municipal contracts among themselves. The City of Gatineau was not aware of the bid-rigging, which raised the city’s total costs for the affected contracts by an estimated 33 per cent.
All four of the accused have pleaded guilty for their respective roles in the scheme. They received conditional sentences totalling five years and 11 months, and court-ordered community service totalling 260 hours. ■