Mayor of Montreal Michael Applebaum Arrested… Facing 14 criminal counts, including Fraud, Corruption, Breach of Trust and Conspiracy

Canada Mayor Crisis Spreads: Montreal Mayor In Custody

Applebaum has been under scrutiny for real estate transactions he engaged in while serving as mayor of the Montreal borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

In January, Applebaum insisted to reporters that he was not under investigation by Quebec’s Permanent Anticorruption Unit, the body which arrested him this morning.

Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum faces fraud, 13 other charges

Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum faces 14 criminal charges, including fraud towards the government, breach of trust, conspiracy and municipal corruption, the provincial anti-corruption unit UPAC said following the mayor’s arrest today.

The announcement was made at a news conference Monday morning, after Applebaum and two other people were arrested.

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Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum arrested by anti-corruption unit

Mr. Applebaum is the latest major Quebec official to fall in the scandal over allegations that public-works contracts were improperly awarded by municipalities to well-connected engineering and construction firms. Earlier this spring, Gilles Vaillancourt former mayor of Laval, Quebec’s third largest city, was arrested and charged with fraud and gangsterism.

Mr. Applebaum became Montreal’s interim mayor last fall after Gérald Tremblay stepped down following allegations that his party was getting illegal financing from construction bosses.


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