Mascouche mayor released from police custody
Montreal police make 15th arrest in connection with anti-corruption raids this week
The mayor of Mascouche has returned home from holidays to face charges in connection to a series of anti-corruption raids earlier this week.
Richard Marcotte was arrested at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport at 1:30 a.m. Friday when he arrived home from a vacation in Cuba.
He was released from police custody before noon after being questioned by police.
A warrant for Marcotte’s arrest was issued Tuesday as Quebec's permanent anti-corruption unit (UPAC) made 14 arrests and laid 47 charges in a series of early morning raids north of Montreal.
Marcotte was the 15th person charged in connection allegations regarding the awarding of contracts in the Mascouche area, north of Montreal.
The investigation started in October 2010 when two witnesses came forward with information about the attribution of contracts, according to provincial police.
Links between Marcotte and a developer were first reported by Radio-Canada two years ago, after he allegedly received $40 million in contracts with the town between 2000 and 2009.
The developer allegedly paid for renovations at the mayor's house in return for those contracts.
Marcotte faces six charges including fraud, conspiracy, breach of trust, defrauding the government and corruption.
He was released from police custody before noon Friday with a promise to appear in court at a later date.
Mascouche city councilor speaks out
Serge Hamelin has been a city councilor in Mascouche for 11 years. He said he is pleased with Marcotte's arrest.
"I was satisfied because I saw that the police department was doing its job. I think this will be the start of the end of that bad story," Hamelin told the CBC.
Hamelin said he will demand Marcotte's resignation.