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MoneyWSP ordered to pay $4 million bid-rigging fine

09:40  14 march  2019
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WSP ordered to pay $4 million bid-rigging fine© Provided by The offices of Genivar Inc., are seen Tuesday, November 6, 2012 in Laval. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

OTTAWA - The Competition Bureau says engineering firm WSP Global Inc. has been ordered to pay $4 million for bid-rigging on municipal infrastructure contracts in Quebec.

It says the payment is part of a settlement filed with the Superior Court of Quebec for the company's role in a bid-rigging scheme between 2002 and 2011, when the firm was known as Genivar Inc.

The bureau says the scheme targeted public infrastructure contracts in the cities of Quebec, Laval and Gatineau, as well as certain municipalities in the Montreal region.

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Bid rigging is an illegal practice in which competing parties collude to choose the winner of a bidding process while others submit uncompetitive bids. Bid rigging is a felony in the U.S. punishable by fines , imprisonment, or both. It is also illegal in a majority of countries as a form of market manipulation.

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Engineering firm Dessau, which is no longer in operation, was ordered in February to pay $1.9 million for its role in the bid-rigging scheme between 2003 and 2011.

The Competition Bureau says WSP's settlement took into account that the company participated in a voluntary reimbursement program and has also implemented a corporate compliance program.

The settlement comes as engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. continues to be in the spotlight for fraud and corruption charges.

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