Directors of St. Lazare company charged
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Requests for comment from the offices of Romic Marc Rail Inc. in St. Lazare, following charges laid against two of its directors, were denied.
Following an investigation by the RCMP Customs and Excise Section, two men appeared in court October 14 on charges of exporting embargoed equipment without permit and misrepresentation. The accused are Michael Allen, 67, from Montreal and Hugo Dreckmann, 75, from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, and are both directors of Romic Marc Rail Inc. located on Route de la Cité-des-Jeunes in St. Lazare.
The investigation was initiated in July 2010 following a seizure made by Canada Border Services Agency. The investigation revealed that between 2007 and 2012, the two men conspired for the purpose of exporting railway equipment to Iran by making misrepresentation as to the origin of the equipment and without having obtained the required export permits.
A phone call to RMR’s office in St. Lazare resulted in a “no comment” from the man who answered who also declined to identify himself.
It is alleged by the RCMP that the equipment exported is included in the Export Control List. In order to export such equipment, permits are required under the Export and Import Permits Act. It is also alleged that the accused made misrepresentation as to the origin of the equipment since several certificates of origin were created for the same equipment. The investigators value the equipment exported illegally at several million dollars.
It is believed that the accused defied the sanctions imposed on Iran and fraudulently misinformed the Canadian authorities as to the origin and destination of the equipment. The alleged offences are serious, since they violate Canada’s international commitments.
If you have information concerning illegal import or export activity or other suspected illicit activity, contact the RCMP at (514) 939-8300/1-800-771-5401 or your local police service.