UPAC arrests three individuals for corruption in municipal affairs in Montreal

UPAC arrests three individuals for corruption in municipal affairs in Montreal

According to UPAC, the investigation showed that Tinel Timu, businessman, and his employee tried to bribe Sadek Lazzouzi, a civil servant of the City of Montreal.

Three individuals, including a City of Montreal official, were arrested on Wednesday by the Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit (UPAC) as part of a fraud investigation relating to municipal affairs.

These are Tinel Timu, a businessman from the Montreal region, his employee Elena Cristina Abrudan and Sadek Lazzouzi, head of the permits and inspections division of the Mercier borough –Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, to the City of Montreal.

Tinel Timu and her employee attempted to bribe employees of the Montreal municipal administration in order to obtain undue advantages, UPAC said in a press release.

It is in this sense that they would have come into contact with Mr. Lazzouzi, who would have intervened in favor of Tinel Timu, in a non-compliance file municipal regulations, according to UPAC.

The diligence of City of Montreal employees in denouncing the scheme, the acts of which were recorded from September 2021 to February 2022, allowed UPAC investigators to act quickly in this case, said the Quebec government agency.

Mr. Timu and his employee face charges of corruption in municipal affairs.

Mr. Lazzouzi, for his part, faces a charge of breach of trust by a public official.

The three accused were released on a promise to appear on November 9 at the Montreal courthouse.

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