Former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum found guilty of 8 corruption charges

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Former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum was found guilty on Thursday of eight corruption charges linked to a kickback scheme from a previous government post.

Applebaum, 53, faced 14 criminal charges including fraud against government and breach of trust from his time as mayor of a borough in the mainly French-speaking province of Quebec between 2002 and 2012, reports BSS.

He faces up to five years in prison after a Quebec court found him guilty of taking kickbacks from government construction bids.

Michael Applebaum smiles with his wife Merle

Applebaum, the first English-speaking mayor of Canada’s second-largest city in a century, resigned in June 2013 a day after he was arrested on corruption charges.

Applebaum maintained he was innocent and did not testify at the trial. His arrest by an anti-corruption squad came at time when police were investigating widespread corruption in Quebec.

A commission, headed by Superior Court Justice France Charbonneau, was launched in 2011 to investigate alleged graft and bid-rigging after a leaked police report suggested that construction companies were conspiring to keep prices high, and possibly had links to organized crime.

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