Archived — Individual sentenced in Quebec gasoline price-fixing cartel

OTTAWA, January 9, 2012 — Following an investigation by the Competition Bureau, Donald Darby was sentenced today to personally pay a fine of $10,000. Mr. Darby, owner of a service station operated under the Shell banner, pleaded guilty on November 7, 2011 to criminal charges for conspiring to fix the price of gasoline at the pump in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Charges were laid in June 2008 and July 2010 against 38 individuals and 14 companies accused of fixing the price of gas at pumps in Victoriaville, Thetford Mines, Magog and Sherbrooke, Quebec. As of today, 14 individuals and six companies have pleaded guilty in this case, with fines totalling over $2.8 million. Of the 14 individuals who have pleaded guilty, six have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment totalling 54 months.

Additional information on past convictions and fines related to this cartel can be found on the Bureau's Web site.

The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.

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