MONTREAL — A former interim mayor of Montreal has been ordered to stand trial on fraud and corruption charges.
Michael Applebaum’s preliminary hearing ended Wednesday with Quebec court Judge Yvan Poulin ordering he stand trial. The accused chose a trial by judge alone.
He faces 14 charges, including fraud, corruption, conspiracy and breach of trust involving two real-estate projects in the borough where he served as mayor.
Applebaum later served as interim Montreal mayor for roughly seven months, beginning in late 2012, after Gerald Tremblay stepped down.
He was the first anglophone mayor of the city in 100 years and his time in office ended one day after his arrest by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit in June 2013.
Evidence heard this week is subject to a publication ban.
The case is scheduled to return to court Oct. 9, although the actual trial might not begin for a long time after that.
The Canadian Press