On 14 July, Global Construction Review reported that Canadian prosecutors have dropped a fraud case against a former construction executive and 4 others after a 9-year legal battle. The case involved conspiracy to commit acts of corruption, conspiracy to commit fraud, fraud, municipal corruption and aiding in a breach of trust – and including a $200,000 bribe to Revenue Canada agents to avoid paying tax. Tony Accurso, 69, was sentenced to four years in prison, but was released after a week following the launch of an appeal against his conviction. Now, after a had ordered the prosecution to divulge documents from 600 boxes of documents seized by the Revenue Canada 12 years ago before, the prosecutor’s office is said to be unable to meet the deadline, which was imposed by a 2016 Supreme Court decision that capped the length of trials. It is said that there were too many documents, and the office did not have the resources to analyse them in time.
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