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More SNC-Lavalin execs face charges in ongoing corruption probe

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Montreal filed criminal charges against two former senior SNC-Lavalin executives on Friday.

Stephane Roy, a former vice-president at SNC-Lavalin, was charged with fraud, bribing a foreign public official, and contravening a United Nations economic measures act related to Libya.

The Mounties also charged former executive vice-president Sami Abdallah Bebawi with fraud, two counts of laundering the proceeds of a crime, four counts of possession of property obtained by crime, and one count of bribing a foreign public official.

Bebawi’s whereabouts are unknown and a warrant has been issued for his arrest, while Roy has received a summons to appear in court on March 5.

A Swiss court last August ordered the extradition to Canada of former SNC-Lavalin executive Riadh Ben Aissa to face charges for fraud, bribery, and money laundering. Canadian police said he arranged more than $160 million in bribes to the son of former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi in exchange for engineering contracts.

The former CEO of SNC-Lavalin, Pierre Duhaime, was arrested in 2012 for fraud and forgery. He left the company after an internal audit found more than $50 million in payments to middlemen would coud not be traced to any services performed.

Two other other executives from SNC-Lavalin were charged in Toronto in 2012 with bribing officials in Bangladesh.

The company settled a complaint from the World Bank in April 2013 that forbids it from bidding on any projects funded by the bank for at least 10 years.

SNC-Lavalin has offices in 40 countries and does business in about 100 of them.

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Julie DiMauro is the executive editor of FCPA Blog and can be reached here.

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