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Individuals sentenced in Quebec gas cartel

OTTAWA, March 28, 2013 — Today two individuals have been sentenced for their role in a gasoline price-fixing conspiracy in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Sylvie Fréchette and Valérie Houde, who pleaded guilty on January 8, 2013, have been sentenced by the Quebec Superior Court to pay fines totalling $8,000.

The charges against Ms. Fréchette and Ms. Houde were laid on July 15, 2010, as part of the Bureau's investigation into price-fixing of retail gasoline in certain local markets in Quebec.

Thirty-nine individuals and 15 companies have now been charged with criminal price-fixing in this case. To date, 33 individuals and seven companies have pleaded or were found guilty with fines totalling over $3 million. Of the 33 individuals who have pleaded or were found 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.

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