05/11/2015 03:26 EDT | Updated 05/11/2016 05:59 EDT

Nepcon directors, accountant facing tax fraud charges

Two directors and an accountant at the construction company Nepcon are facing tax evasion charges after a lengthy investigation by the province's anti-corruption unit. 

Company directors René and Anthony Mergl and an internal accountant, Jean-Pierre Roussel, are accused of participating in a phoney invoicing scheme that involved filing misleading statements and illegally claiming tax credits, according to a release from UPAC. 

The accusations date back to a period between May 1, 2007 and Sept. 30, 2009. Twenty-three charges in total were filed against employees of the Laval-based paving company. 

If convicted, the accused could face fines of up to $1.6 million. They could also receive jail time. 

In October 2012, Nepcon was among several companies linked to construction magnate Tony Accurso raided by UPAC.

It was among eight companies that were awarded the lion's share of Laval's infrastructure and road work contracts between 2001 and 2008. 

Nepcon filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012, citing more than $4 million in debts, including more than $70,000 owed to Accurso's former company, Simard-Beaudry.