Jun 17, 2013
By Jane Brown
Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum has been implicated in the Quebec corruption scandal. “No one is above the law and you cannot hide from the law,” said Robert LaFreniere, head of Quebec’s Anti-Corruption Task Force, “Michael Applebaum faces fourteen criminal charges of fraud, including abuse of trust, conspiracy, acts of corruption and secret commissions.”
The investigation is connected to authorizations involving two real estate projects in Montreal burroughs. Anti-corruption officials raided Montreal’s city hall in February, targeting offices in various burroughs, including the one Applebaum represented for many years. He was sworn in as mayor in November. He was arrested at his home early this morning.
Applebaum is just the latest Quebec mayor to be arrested by the anti-corruption unit.
Gilles Vaillancourt, the former longtime mayor of Laval, was arrested in a sweep last month and charged with fraud and gangsterism.
Applebaum was elected by Montreal’s city council to serve as mayor after Gerald Tremblay stepped down last fall amid corruption allegations.