POLITICS

900-plus charges one day, nearly 1,000 the next in Quebec construction

06/27/2013 04:29 EDT | Updated 08/27/2013 05:12 EDT
MONTREAL - When the tax man slapped a Quebec construction mogul with more than 900 charges this week, it turns out he was just getting warmed up.

The provincial revenue agency announced even more tax-fraud charges — nearly 1,000 — just one day later against another family-run construction empire.

Revenue Quebec and Quebec's anti-corruption unit said Thursday that Frank Catania and Associates, as well as its administrators and some employees, were among those facing 989 charges.

The announcement came just one day after another former construction boss, Antonio Accurso, was targeted by more than 900 charges.

The agency said fines announced Thursday amount to more than $12.5 million and they'll also be asking for jail time, the maximum penalty being two years.

The alleged infractions by the Catania group occurred between 2005 and 2009 and involve tax fraud on public construction contracts.