Quebec mayor arrested in alleged collusion scheme

St. Remi Mayor Michel Lavoie. (QMI Agency Files)

St. Remi Mayor Michel Lavoie. (QMI Agency Files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:04 PM ET

SAINT-REMI, Que. — Quebec's anti-corruption unit arrested another mayor Friday as it continues a year-long, province-wide crackdown.

St. Remi Mayor Michel Lavoie is accused of manipulating zoning bylaws to the benefit of relatives and a local contractor.

Police say the contractor owned land in the town south of Montreal upon which a seniors' home would be built.

The mayor was arrested at his home on Friday morning and faces charges of breach of trust, fraud and conspiracy.

Also arrested were contractor Dominique Dorais and the mayor's son, Sebastien Lavoie. Both are charged with fraud.

All three men were interrogated at Quebec provincial police headquarters in Montreal and released on a promise to appear in court in March.

Michel Lavoie has been under investigation for more than two years.

Police previously arrested Richard Marcotte, former mayor of the Montreal suburb of Mascouche for alleged fraud and corruption in a suspected kickback scheme.


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