Two former senior executives have both been charged with fraud against the government after a lengthy investigation by a division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Former vice president Normand Morin and Kamal Francis, both from the Quebec-based companies SNC-Lavalin and SNC-Lavalin Inc., have been arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
According to a statement from the Canadian police:
“Project Agrafe focussed on investigating allegations of criminal wrongdoing involving Quebec-based corporations SNC-Lavalin Inc. and SNC-Lavalin International Inc., related to bribes that were paid in exchange for obtaining a contract.On September 23, 2021, two Montreal-area men were arrested in connection with the investigation. Normand Morin is a former vice-president of SNC-Lavalin, and Kamal Francis a former vice-president at SNC-Lavalin International Inc.”
The charges against the two men include fraud against the government, fraud, forgery, and conspiracy, and were related to “bribes that were paid in exchange for obtaining a contract,” according to the statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
“This was a lengthy and highly complex investigation, and I’m proud of the consistent and professional work of our team,” said Inspector Denis Beaudoin of the National Division RCMP Sensitive and International Investigations section.
“As a result of their continued dedication, evidence was identified and gathered over a number of years, which has ultimately resulted in the charges announced today,” Beaudoin added.
The charges will be tested in a Montreal court on September 27, according to reporting from The Post Millennial.