Former Montreal mayor get 1 year in prison for corruption

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Posted: Mar 30, 2017 8:54 PM

MONTREAL (AP) — Former Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison on corruption-related charges to be followed by two years on probation.

Applebaum, 54, had been found guilty in January of pocketing about $37,000 Canadian (US$27,000) in kickbacks from developers and engineering firms through his former aide. The charges stemmed from two separate deals between 2007 and 2010, when Applebaum was mayor of Montreal's largest borough.

The prosecution had asked for a two-year prison sentence followed by two years of probation for his conviction on eight charges.

Applebaum was interim mayor of Canada's second-largest city between November 2012 and June 2013 after a lengthy political career in municipal government. He had vowed to clean up the corruption scandals rocking the city before he was arrested in 2013.

His criminal case centered on the testimony of a former aide, Hugo Tremblay, who said Applebaum introduced him to illicit fundraising.

During the trial, Tremblay testified he led developers and businessmen to believe their projects would be delayed or not approved unless they made a supplemental cash contribution.

The charges involved two projects — a student residence and an aquatic center

The court heard that the total amount sought for the two projects was $60,000 Canadian (US$45,000), which Tremblay testified was then split with Applebaum.