The Quebec government is applauding the work of the province's anti-corruption squad after the arrests of two men, including a director at the Public Security Ministry.
After several months of investigating, UPAC officers arrested Abdelaziz Younsi, an information technology director at the province's public security ministry.
They also arrested businessman Mohamed El Khayat, who is the president and co-founder of IT company Informatique EBR
Both face charges of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and breach of trust.
Robert Lafrenière, the head of Quebec’s anti-corruption unit, said the two men allegedly set up a scheme so that El Khayat's company would get a $3.3 million contract.
for M. Younsi, the technology director,” he said, adding that the squad began investigating in August after getting a tip from an employee.
Public Security Minister Lise Thériault commended the person who came forward.
“All too often people see things, and don’t denounce them,” Thériault said.
Police said the value of the alleged fraud was $400,000.
Younsi has been relieved of his duties at the ministry.
Younsi and El Khayat are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 8.