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Canada: Tougher Bureau sentences may mean less cooperation from offenders

 |  December 13, 2012

According to some analysts, recent sentencing decisions by Canada’s Competition Bureau suggest that punishments for price-fixing and bid-rigging may become tougher. Specifically, analysts say that those who enter guilty pleas or are found guilty of the offenses are more likely to face prison time, a trend that some say may make individuals less willing to cooperate with investigations or participate in the leniency program that grants immunity to those who voluntarily come forward to admit involvement in cartel behavior. The analysts also note the recent change made last November to the Criminal Code that eliminate the option of serving a sentence of those found guilty of antitrust violations within the community instead of in prison.

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