Fraud allegation: SNC-Lavalin could get away with paying $30 million

SNC-Lavalin, criminally accused of paying bribes to refurbish the Jacques Cartier Bridge 25 years ago, could get away with a nearly $30 million fine.

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This would allow him to continue receiving government contracts with the governments of Canada and Quebec.

The engineering and construction giant had been charged in September 2021 with anti-government fraud, counterfeiting, fraud and conspiracy.

Two of his former administrators, Normand Morin and Kamal Francis, were also arrested and charged in connection with this investigation called Agrafe 2.

They offered the former CEO of the Swiss Federal Bridge Company Michel Fournier between 1997 and 2004 a total of $2.23 million.

preliminary contract

Last September, the Chief of Law and Law Enforcement (DPCP) proposed SNC-Lavalin inc. and SNC-Lavalin International to negotiate payment of a fine that would allow the companies to continue winning government contracts.

Today, the DPCP announced that it has reached an interim settlement with SNC-Lavalin and will submit it to the Supreme Court on May 10.

Under this agreement, SNC-Lavalin and SNC-Lavalin International will pay a total of $29,558,777 over a three-year period.

To be valid, the agreement must be approved by a judge.

The Crown today declined to comment further “due to confidentiality obligations particularly under the Criminal Code and Supreme Court orders in the early stages of the permitting process”.

protect jobs

In September, SNC-Lavalin was pleased to be the first Canadian company invited to negotiate such an agreement.

This would allow it to “continue its operations and protect the jobs of its more than 30,000 employees while safeguarding the interests of its customers, investors and other stakeholders,” she said.

Remember that the bribes would have been paid in the early 2000s as part of obtaining a $128 million contract to repair the Jacques Cartier Bridge.

The company claims to have reviewed its internal policies and established a “culture of integrity” since the events.

In this case, Michel Fournier was sentenced to five years in prison in 2017.

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