A former federal bureaucrat who accepted bribes from SNC-Lavalin while he was the head of an organization that maintained two of the city’s bridges has been granted full parole on the 66-month sentence he received two summers ago.
On Aug. 24, 2017, Michel Fournier pleaded guilty to accepting bribes while he was the president and director general of Federal Bridge Corp. and president of Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc. and to laundering the money he received from SNC-Lavalin Inc. Fournier admitted he was paid $2.3 million between 2001 and 2003 to award a $127-million contract to the engineering and construction firm to replace the deck on the Jacques Cartier Bridge.
Fournier retired in 2004 and tried to launder the money, but he lost most of it through bad investments. His crimes were uncovered years later by the RCMP through a different investigation.
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