The 72 year-old manager of a Montreal boiler room has been
sentenced to a conditional sentence of nine months to be served in
the community and 12 months probation after pleading guilty to nine
counts of deceptive telemarketing under the Competition
Act and two counts of fraud under the Criminal Code.
He was charged in December 2012 along with four other
The guilty plea comes as a result of an investigation conducted
by the Bureau in partnership with the Centre of Operations Linked
to Telemarketing Fraud (COLT). COLT is a joint forces
operation involving the Competition Bureau, the RCMP,
Sûreté du Québec, Service de police de la Ville
de Montréal, Canada border Services Agency, United States
Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Postal Inspection
Service, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
In 2006, the Bureau and COLT undertook an investigation and
determined that two telemarketing operations in Montreal were using
questionable tactics. One business promoted government grants to
American citizens, while the other promoted the sale of office
supplies and medical kits to Canadian and American businesses.
Tremblay's participation of the scheme consisted of an
initial investment between $50,000 and $75,000 and participation in
the financial management of the telemarketing activities.
The Bureau's investigation determined that some of the
alleged tactics used during the call included implying that the
caller was representing a business that had an existing
relationship with the victim's company, indicating that certain
products or services were required under government rules, or
implying that the calls were made on behalf of a government
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