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Anti-corruption unit raids five Montreal-area locations in water meter scandal

Last Updated Jul 22, 2015 at 5:20 pm EDT

Police are seen in front of Lachine's City Hall as UPAC, Quebec's anti-corruption squad, conducts a raid in connection with the water meter scandal, Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL – Quebec’s anti-corruption unit searched five locations around the Montreal area on Wednesday as part of its investigation into the city’s water meter scandal.

Sources said officers visited the home of Claude Dauphin, borough mayor of Lachine, as well as the residence of Sammy Forcillo, the city’s ex-head of water management.

Dauphin was head of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities between June 2013 and last month.

Anti-corruption unit spokeswoman Anne-Frederick Laurence did not confirm the locations searched but added no arrests were expected.

She said 50 officers were involved in the raids.

Montreal awarded a $355-million water meter contract to a consortium in 2007 but cancelled the deal after reports surfaced of alleged embezzlement and other irregularities.

Wednesday’s raids were just the latest conducted by anti-corruption officers in connection with the scandal.

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