Michael Applebaum, 53, faces up to 5 years in jail for bribes to gain approval for real estate projects
1 February 2017
TIMES OF ISRAEL — Montreal’s first Jewish mayor is facing up to five years in prison after being convicted of fraud and corruption.
Michael Applebaum, 53, fainted while standing in court Thursday awaiting his judge-only verdict in Quebec Court, but appeared stoic as the decision was handed down, according to news reports.
Applebaum, a former shoe salesman and real estate agent, entered municipal politics in 1994, once serving as a Montreal borough mayor and chair of the city’s powerful executive committee overseeing million of dollars in budgeting. […]