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Fournier charged in bridge investigation

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by DCN News Services

MONTREAL —The RCMP have charged the former head of Canada’s Federal Bridge Corporation and his wife with corruption offences linked to the awarding of a $127-million contract to Montreal-based firm SNC-Lavalin to rebuild Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge in 2000.
Fournier charged in bridge investigation

Media reports have indicated that the home of Michel Fournier, one-time chief of staff to former Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Judith Barkley-Fournier was raided on June 28.

The RCMP are said to have arrested and charged Michel Fournier with:

• Fraud on the government.

• Breach of trust.

• Possession of property obtained by crime.

• Laundering the proceeds of crime.

The charges come after an RCMP investigation into millions of dollars of payments made to a Swiss bank under a code name for Fournier in 2000, the reports indicate, shortly after the bridge corporation awarded the contract to SNC-Lavalin.

Judith Barkley-Fournier is said to have been charged with possession of property obtained by crime and laundering the proceeds of crime, the RCMP said.

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