The former head of Canada’s Federal Bridge Corporation (FBC) and his wife have been charged with a string of corruption offenses tied to allegations of kickbacks and a $127 million contract awarded to the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge. The RCMP yesterday raided the Victoria home of Michel Fournier and his wife Judith Barkley-Fournier.
Fraud on the government
It’s the result of the Mounties’ investigation into millions of dollars in payments to a Swiss bank account Fournier opened in 2000 under the code name “Zorro,” just 20 days after awarding the contract to SNC-Lavalin. The RCMP confirmed today they have arrested and charged Michel Fournier with: fraud on the government, breach of trust, possession of property obtained by crime and laundering the proceeds of crime.
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