After a complex investigation by members of the RCMP Customs and Excise Section, two men will appear in court in Montréal on October 14 on charges of exporting without permit and misrepresentation. The accused are Michael Allen, 67, from Montréal and Hugo Dreckmann, 75, from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, and are both directors of Romic Marc Rail Inc. based in Saint-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.
Several million dollars in equipment exported illegally
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.
Illegal export and import activity: Do you have information?
The co-operation of the public helps us develop sources of information and focus the work of our investigators. 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.