Guilty plea but no jail for former SNC-Lavalin CEO

Pierre Duhaime, facing more than a dozen charges, pleads guilty to one count of breach of trust and avoids trial.

Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime will serve no time behind bars despite his guilty plea in “the biggest fraud in Canadian history.”

Duhaime, 64, was to go on trial Monday to face charges stemming from the rigged bid to build the McGill University Health Centre superhospital in N.D.G.

He was facing more than a dozen charges related to a $30-million bribe SNC-Lavalin agreed to pay to MUHC executives Arthur Porter and Yanaï Elbaz.

Instead, at the Montreal courthouse on Friday, Duhaime opted to plead guilty to one count of breach of trust.

He admitted that in November 2009 he helped Elbaz commit a breach of trust.