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Deceptive telemarketer receives 18-month prison sentence

May 27, 2014 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau announced today that a Montreal area man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his involvement in a deceptive telemarketing scheme that targeted thousands of businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Canada and the United States.

Richard Béliveau, a former co-owner of Corporation Oxford-Data Inc. and Sapphire Media Group, pleaded guilty in the Court of Québec to eight charges of misleading advertising and deceptive telemarketing under the Competition Act and one charge of possession of property obtained by crime under the Criminal Code.

Mr. Béliveau participated in a scheme in which telemarketers contacted businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Canada and the United States, claiming that these organizations had previously ordered online business directory listings. By falsely implying a pre-existing business relationship, the telemarketers deceived the organizations into paying for listings they had not ordered.

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