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03/21/2013 13:25 EDT | Updated 05/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Antonino Catania arrested by Quebec anti-corruption unit

Quebec's anti-corruption unit (UPAC) has arrested Antonino Catania in connection with alleged corruption in the city of Montreal.

During Quebec's corruption inquiry, retired senior city engineer Gilles Surprenant testified that he artificially increased the price of contracts to meet the requests of companies working in the cartel. He named Antonino Catania and his son, Paolo, as two construction bosses whom he dealt with on behalf of Catcan Enterprises.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on Wednesday for several charges, including fraud and abuse of trust.

Catania's son, Paolo Catania, was arrested yesterday along with former city supervisor François Thériault. They are facing several charges including conspiracy, fraud and breach of trust.

The Catcan construction firm oversees a range of construction projects in Quebec including roadwork, water reservoirs, pumping stations, paving and sidewalks.