03/11/2015 09:58 EDT | Updated 05/11/2015 05:59 EDT

IBM, Revenue Quebec employees arrested in UPAC raid

Six people, including Revenue Quebec employees and officials with computer companies IBM and EBR, were arrested this morning in connection with an alleged corruption scheme aimed at obtaining a government IT contract worth $24 million. 

UPAC officials carried out raids at the homes of the accused at 7:00 a.m. ET.

Two Revenue Quebec employees stand accused of providing privileged information about an upcoming government contract to a consortium made up of IBM and Quebec company Informatique EBR Inc.

UPAC officials allege the companies then used that information to design their bid, before the public call for tenders was launched.

The accused face fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy charges.