UPAC confessed that it is raiding the firms which have a link to the construction boss, Tony Accurso, who already faces several criminal charges of probable tax fraud and corruption in municipal contracts. Simard-Beaudry Construction, a company owned by Accurso, has been raided for the second time in eight days. Nepcon Inc., partly owned by Laval’s prominent Mergl family, was also searched on Thursday.
Nepcon and Poly Excavation, both owned by Accurso, are one of the eight companies which were awarded the lion’s share of Laval’s infrastructure and road work contracts between 2001 and 2008. The investigators are allegedly searching for evidence relating to the bidding process for those deals and attempting to find out if it was rigged or not. A former construction mogul testified in front of the inquiry commission that the same contracts were indeed rigged in Montreal.