Originally published in Blakes Bulletin on
Competition, July 2008
The Competition Bureau announced on July 30, 2008, that
three Canadians who operated a deceptive telemarketing scheme
based in Toronto, which purported to offer credit cards to
Americans for a fee but never delivered the cards, have been
found guilty and sentenced in the U.S. Two of the three have
been sentenced to a combined 42 years in prison by the U.S.
Federal Court in the Southern District of Illinois; sentencing
for the third will be later this year.
The accused were arrested in 2002 following an investigation
led by the Competition Bureau, and which involved law
enforcement agencies from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. The
U.S. made a formal request to the Canadian Minister of Justice
in 2003 for their extradition. The accused were finally
extradited in 2007 after exhausting all levels of appeal.
The extraditions have set a clear precedent in Canada
– it is the first time that a Competition Bureau
investigation has led to an extradition. Given the cross-border
and international effects of many breaches of competition law
and the co-operation of law enforcement agencies across
borders, extraditions between Canada and other countries for
violations of the Competition Act may continue in the
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