Archived — Two individuals plead guilty in Quebec gasoline price-fixing cartel

OTTAWA, June 10, 2011 — Following an investigation by the Competition Bureau, two individuals have pleaded guilty today to criminal charges for conspiring to fix the price of gasoline at the pump in Thetford Mines, Quebec.

The two individuals, Claude Bédard and Stéphane Grant, former Irving employees, were sentenced to personally pay fines of $15,000 and $10,000, respectively. Messrs. Bédard and Grant were both area sales managers for "Les Pétroles Irving Inc." responsible for the Thetford Mines market.

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, 13 individuals and six companies have pleaded guilty in this case, with fines totalling over $2.8 million. Of the 13 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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