Arthur Porter's right-hand man pleads guilty to multiple charges in MUHC fraud case

Yanai Elbaz was once a top executive at the McGill University Health Centre. He pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $10 million in bribes.

Former top executive at the McGill University Health Centre, Yanai Elbaz, admits to accepting $10M in bribes

Yanaï Elbaz, front, was charged in connection with an alleged bribery scheme involving the contract to build the MUHC superhospital. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

One of the defendants in the alleged $22.5 million McGill University Health Centre fraud case, Yanaï Elbaz, pleaded guilty Monday to a series of charges, including breach of trust, conspiracy and recycling the proceeds of crime.

Elbaz was the ex-right-hand man of Arthur Porter, the disgraced former director of the MUHC who died in Panama in 2015 and was the prime suspect in what is considered one of the biggest corruption cases in Canadian history.

Like Porter, Elbaz was charged in connection with an alleged bribery scheme involving the $1.3-billion contract to build the MUHC superhospital.

The Crown and the defence made a joint suggestion of 39 months in prison.

With the guilty plea, Elbaz is admitting he accepted $10 million in bribes in exchange for providing inside information that helped engineering giant SNC-Lavalin​ secure the contract to build the hospital.

Two others have already pleaded guilty in the case, but former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime is still awaiting trial.

It's alleged Duhaime was involved in paying a total $22.5 million in bribes to secure the contract. His trial is set to begin in January.

With files from Radio-Canada