Michael Applebaum is now out of jail

Michael Applebaum

Michael Applebaum's sojourn behind bars in now over.

The former Montreal mayor was granted parole Tuesday after serving one-sixth of his jail sentence for fraud.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison for taking bribes in connection with a couple of real estate projects during his time as Cote-des-Neiges-NDG borough mayor.

While he was inside, he underwent what's called zootherapy — caring for a pet while incarcerated.

He was elevated to the mayor's chair by a council vote in November 2012 after Gerald Tremblay quit the job, and served as mayor until his arrest eight months later.

He must follow a series of conditions — including carrying out 20 hours of volunteer work per week for the next two months. He must also report to a police station twice a week, provide records of his finances to his parole officer, and not to frequent bars.

Applebaum has indicated he intends to return home, find work, and tend to his family — particularly his aging mother.


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