Canada Former SNC-Lavalin VP pleads guilty in MUHC corruption trial

06:31  11 july  2018
06:31  11 july  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Ex-Quebec construction boss to be sentenced

  Ex-Quebec construction boss to be sentenced LAVAL, Que. - Former Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso is to be sentenced today following his conviction on fraud and corruption charges. A jury recently found Accurso guilty on all five charges he was facing stemming from a municipal corruption scheme in the Montreal-area community of Laval. The Crown wants Accurso to receive a five-year prison term and have to pay $1.6 million in restitution. Accurso's lawyer told the court his client should serve a suspended sentence in the community.He also cast doubt on Accurso's ability to pay such a sum given several outstanding civil cases.

Two other executives, former vice president Riadh Ben Aissa and vice president and financial controller Stephane Roy also left.[34][36] In ^ "CBI finds Pinarayi guilty in Lavalin scam, moralistic CPM yet to act". ^ "RCMP charges SNC - Lavalin with corruption , fraud". Montreal Gazette.

Share this story. Former SNC - Lavalin executive agrees to plead guilty to money laundering and corruption charges. It is alleged that he conspired with former MUHC head Arthur Porter to ensure that SNC won the .3 billion contract in exchange for a bribe of .5 million.

a boat sitting on top of a building: The Crown has been pursuing top executives from SNC-Lavalin that they say paid a $22.5-million bribe to MUHC senior administrators to secure the $1.3-billion contract to build the MUHC's Glenn superhospital. © The Canadian Press The Crown has been pursuing top executives from SNC-Lavalin that they say paid a $22.5-million bribe to MUHC senior administrators to secure the $1.3-billion contract to build the MUHC's Glenn superhospital.

There was one guilty plea and one acquittal in the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) superhospital corruption case, Tuesday.

Former SNC-Lavalin vice president of construction, Riadh Ben Aissa, pleaded guilty to one charge of using a forged document at the Montreal courthouse.

In exchange for the plea, 15 other charges against him were dropped.

Judge Hélène Morin sentenced Ben Aissa to 51 months in prison based on a joint recommendation from the defence and Crown.

Tony Accurso granted bail pending appeals

  Tony Accurso granted bail pending appeals Tony Accurso granted bail pending appealsTony Accurso was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this month after a jury convicted him on fraud-related charges in connection with a vast kickback system involving the ex-mayor of Laval, located just north of Montreal.

Three former SNC - Lavalin senior executives, as well as a former administrator at the McGill University Hospital Centre and his brother, are awaiting trial for charges related to the alleged MUHC bribery scandal.

The former chief executive of SNC - Lavalin Group Inc , a Canadian construction and engineering company caught in a far-reaching misconduct scandal, faces six new fraud-related charges, police said on Wednesday after issuing a warrant for his arrest. The province of Quebec's anti- corruption police

The sentence takes into account time served when he was held in Switzerland following his arrest in 2012 and time spent on conditional release when he was wearing a GPS tracking device.

When all is said and done, the time served means Ben Aissa will serve one more day in prison which Judge Morin called "symbolic."

a man wearing glasses: Riadh Ben Aissa will serve one more 'symbolic' day in prison. © Radio-Canada Riadh Ben Aissa will serve one more 'symbolic' day in prison.

Another former vice-president, Stéphane Roy, was acquitted on charges of fraud and the use of false documents.

He is still facing federal charges for alleged bribes made to the Gadhafi regime in Libya.

Three others accused in the MUHC scandal are still waiting for their trials to begin.

The MUHC fraud case is sometimes called the "biggest case of corruption fraud in Canadian history."

The Crown has been pursuing top executives from SNC-Lavalin that they say paid a $22.5-million bribe to MUHC senior administrators to secure the $1.3-billion contract to build the MUHC's Glenn superhospital.

Arthur Porter, the former CEO of the MUHC, was also facing charges in the case before his death from cancer in 2015.

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