Known as Project Staple, the investigation of various SNC subsidiaries and employees is linked to bribes that the RCMP say were paid in exchange for obtaining contracts. On September 23, the RCMP arrested Normand Morin, a former vice-president of SNC-Lavalin, and Kamal Francis, a former vice-president of SNC-Lavalin International Inc.
The men were arrested in the Montreal area, where they both live. They, along with their former businesses, have been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with the following offenses:
- Conspiracy to commit a forgery.
- Conspiracy to commit fraud.
- Fraud against the government.
- Conspiracy to commit fraud against the government.
“We remain committed to disrupting, deterring and preventing corruption both at home and abroad, and we aim to bring people and businesses involved in these types of crimes to justice, regardless of when they were committed,” Inspector Denis Beaudoin of the RCMP’s National Sensitive Division and International Investigations Section said in a statement.
The two men were released and will appear in Montreal court on September 27, along with representatives from SNC-Lavalin Inc. and SNC-Lavalin International Inc.
None of the charges against the men or the companies have been proven or tested in court.