Criminal Charges Laid: Bid-Rigging
Posted by sweens on February 17, 2009
The Competition Bureau announced today that 14 individuals from 7 Ottawa based IT consulting firms have been criminally charged with bid-rigging. The charges were investigated under the premise that several IT consulting practices covertly coordinated their bids in an illegal scheme to defraud the Government by winning and dividing contracts, while blocking out honest competitors.
The investigation looked at 10 contracts from 2005 to 2007 which valued around $67 million. One contract was for Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and one for Transport Canada (TC), while the other 8 contracts came from Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).
No allegations are being made against those who performed the actual work for the client departments, nor are any government employees implicated.
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