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Interim Montreal mayor arrested

Monday - 6/17/2013, 6:13pm  ET

Michael Applebaum speaks to reporters in Montreal, Friday, November 16, 2012 after he was elected interim mayor of Montreal. Quebec's anti-corruption unit on Monday June 17, 2013, arrested Applebuam on charges, including defrauding government, abuse of confidence and corruption. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS, Graham Hughes)

BENJAMIN SHINGLER
Associated Press

MONTREAL (AP) -- Montreal's interim mayor, who vowed to clean up the corruption scandals rocking the city, now faces fraud charges himself.

Michael Applebaum faces 14 charges, including defrauding the government and corruption in municipal affairs. He was arrested at his home early Monday.

Applebaum took over as interim mayor of Canada's second-largest city last November, after former mayor Gerald Tremblay resigned amid corruption allegations.

"The corruption and collusion will no longer be tolerated," Robert Lafreniere, the head of Quebec's anti-corruption unit, told a news conference Monday.

"No one is above the law and you cannot hide from the law."

Applebaum, 50, is the latest in a long list of Quebec politicians and businesses to come under scrutiny in recent months.

The province is enduring a high-profile public inquiry that has uncovered links between the construction industry and organized crime.

The charges against Applebaum stem from alleged acts that occurred before he became mayor. While officials offered few details, they said the charges relate to real estate projects between 2006 and 2011, when he served as borough mayor.

Now, local politicians and Quebec's provincial government are calling on Applebaum to step down.

Jean-Fran
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