OTTAWA, March 8, 2012 — Following an investigation by the Competition Bureau, a further individual has pleaded guilty to criminal charges for conspiring to fix the price of gasoline at the pump in Thetford Mines, Quebec.
The accused, Robert Murphy (now retired), was a territorial manager employed by Sonic. He was sentenced today to pay a fine of $7,500.
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, 22 individuals and six companies have pleaded guilty in this case, with fines totalling over $2.8 million. Of the 22 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 website.
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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