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Quebec anti-corruption police note proliferation of small-scale schemes – Montreal

Quebec’s anti-corruption police force says although the scandals that defined the province’s construction industry in the last decade have subsided, corrupt activities have sprouted on a smaller scale in other sectors.

Anti-corruption commissioner Frédérick Gaudreau presented the force’s five-year report in Quebec City Tuesday, noting criminal proceedings against 259 people and 57 convictions since 2018.


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Many of those legal proceedings are ongoing, and 17 of the 57 convictions stemmed from charges filed before 2018, when the anti-corruption unit known as UPAC became a full-fledged police force.

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Only 44 out of the 259 cases have gone through the entire judicial process in the last five years, and 40 of them resulted in convictions.

Instead of large-scale conspiracies, Gaudreau said the force is now seeing smaller, covert corruption schemes.

He noted cases at the municipal level, in school administrations and in the health-care sector.


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