Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum has been arrested on corruption charges which "relate to obtaining permission and political support for two real estate projects" between 2006 and 2011 when he headed a city borough as reported by CBC News.
Applebaum took over mayoral responsibilities in the City of Saints after his predecessor Gérald Tremblay resigned last November amid a corruption inquiry into allegations that the Montreal Mafia and public officials were colluding together in the award of government contracts to construction companies from which they took kickbacks.
In January Applebaum fended off claims that he was mobbed up, and held a press conference to respond to allegations that he "attended a political fundraiser in 2003 at a restaurant owned and frequented by Mafia associates, and that he was involved in generous government grants given to Tony Magi, a real-estate developer [allegedly] linked to Montreal's Rizzuto clan" as reported by Rene Bruemmer for The Gazette:
"I have never given favours to anybody, never received any funds, never gone on any boat trips," Applebaum said. "I am not afraid of the Mafia, I do not hang out with the Mafia and I do not know members of the Mafia. They are not friends of mine."
The Montreal Mafia is engaged in an ongoing turf war among rival clans for control over the drug trade which has left dozens dead in the last few years.