Calgary, Alberta – The RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) formally charged 68-year-old Calgary resident Larry Kushniruk, president of Canadian General Aircraft (CGA), under section 3(1)(b) of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). The charges were laid at the Calgary courthouse on 5th Street S.W.
Following a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) referral in late 2013, the RCMP began its investigation into allegations of irregularities in a proposed sale of a commercial passenger plane from the Thailand national airline, Thai Airways. The proposed sale was brokered by Mr. Kushniruk through his company, CGA. CGA is in the business of brokering sales of commercial airliners and parts. The RCMP allege that Mr. Kushniruk conspired to bribe officials in the Thai military to secure the sale of a commercial passenger jet. The RCMP investigation did not uncover evidence that Thai public officials were actually bribed or were parties to the conspiracy.
This is the fourth investigation resulting in charges under the CFPOA in Alberta, and the third since 2011 following Canada’s renewed commitment to the investigation of international corruption. Canada is a signatory to international anti-corruption conventions under the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Mr. Kushniruk is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in Calgary on December 12, 2016.
“The RCMP has a mandate to investigate allegations of corruption of foreign public officials, and this charge demonstrates our commitment to combating international corruption. Leaving international corruption unchallenged jeopardizes Canada’s reputation as a fair and transparent society”, said Inspector Allan Lai, Acting Officer-in-Charge of the RCMP’s FSOC in Calgary.