Montreal Anti-Corruption Squad strikes again!
by christinem on August 31, 2013 - 5:10pm
On Wednesday the 24th of April 2013, a sixth arrest was made by Monreal Anti-Corruption Squad concerning the issue of the construction of the McGill Superhospital in Montreal. Yohann Elbaz, who worked at McGill University Health Center (MUHC), was arrested and is currently facing 16 charges involving “fraud and money-laundering related to the awarding of contracts by the MUHC’s public-private partnership”. According to an article written by Amanda Kelly and published on Global News website on the 25th of April 2013, Yanai Elbaz (Yohann’s borther) who was one of MUHC’s former director as well as Pierre Duhaime (SNC-Lavalin’s former CEO), Riadh Ben Aïssa(SNC-Lavalin’s employee), Arthur Porter (MUHC’s former head) and Jeremy Morris were previously arrested by Montreal Anti-Corruption Squad and are presently charged of fraud, breach of trust and laundering the proceeds of a crime. The MUHC stated that: “The MUHC has learned today that he (Yohann Elbaz) has been arrested in relation to the awarding of the public-private partnership (PPP) contract for the Glen site”. Elbaz will appear in court on the 23rd of May 2013. Over the past weeks, most of my posts concerned organized crimes and the mafia in Montreal. I elaborated a lot on Montreal Anti-Corruption Squad and the corruption in the construction field. I believe that this is an impressive step that brings not only our city but the entire world closer to an environment empty of corruption. Even though there is still a lot to do concerning organized crimes in Montreal, since its creation, the Anti-Corruption Squad was truly fruitful. In one of my previous articles, I wrote about the arrest of Antonino Catania, Paolo Catania and François Thériault, who were accused of giving out free “false extras” on construction sites and even offering city contracts to construction contractors in exchange against free renovations, discounts on properties and other similar offers, by the Anti-Corruption Squad. This is another proof of the efficiency of this project. I personally believe that the government should start investing more in this project in order to increase its efficiency, which will result in more arrests, less crimes and corruption and a higher security for all citizens.