Montreal’s interim mayor, Michael Applebaum, was arrested and charged early Monday with 14 criminal counts including fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy.
Quebec police said the charges involve at least two Montreal real estate transactions from 2006 to 2011 and hundreds of thousands of dollars traded hands.
“These allegations rest essentially on obtaining permission and political support on two real estate projects,” said Capt. Andre Boulanger of the Surete du Quebec, the province’s police force. He would not confirm or deny if the charges involve bribes or ties to gangsters and organized crime.
Applebaum took over the mayor’s job in November after Gerald Tremblay resigned amid corruption allegations. At the time, Applebaum vowed to “end an era of sleaze” at Montreal City Hall.