Revenu Quebec investigators searched Uber's two Montreal offices in search of "tax-related documents" Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into the popular but controversial ride sharing company.
CTV News quotes a spokesman for the revenue agency as saying:
"Revenu Quebec is responsible for applying tax laws. We have the power to recommend that charges be laid. And they can be accompanied by fines and prison sentences of up to five years if individuals or the company are found guilty."
The UberX service allows customers to arrange rides through a cell phone app with privately owned vehicles that aren't subject to the same regulations as taxis.
In Montreal and other Canadian cities, such as Toronto, both municipal authorities and traditional cab companies object to the upstart transportation company's current exemption from these rules.
CTV News reports that Thursday's "raids were conducted just over two weeks after the City of Montreal announced it had seized 40 vehicles since the beginning of the year."
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