09/30/2014 02:37 EDT | Updated 11/30/2014 05:59 EST

UPAC makes Turcot interchange contract arrest

The head of Quebec's anti-corruption unit (UPAC), Robert Lafrenière, says his unit has arrested Pomerleau project manager Eric Carbonneau in connection with the $3-billion contract to rebuild the Turcot Interchange. 

Lafrenière says officers arrested Carbonneau Tuesday morning as he was about to commit "a major fraud." 

UPAC alleges Carbonneau had developed a scheme in which he was about to sell strategic information about his company's public offer to competitor SNC-Lavalin. In exchange for this information, he would have collected a payment of several million dollars. 

"The accused, who probably believed he was above the law, is now in custody," says Lafrenière. "We cannot tolerate that the foundations of democracy are being manipulated by a dishonest person."

Provincial police captain André Boulanger says Carbonneau acted alone, that no one else at Pomerleau knew what he was doing. "I underline the fact that the companies that are part of the consortium wishing to obtain the lucrative construction contract to rebuild the Turcot interchange did nothing wrong in this matter," says Boulanger. 

During the news conference, Boulanger also thanked SNC-Lavalin for its collaboration in the investigation. 

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