Former Montreal mayor testifies at corruption trial

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Former Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay described his former right-hand man Frank Zampino as an “exceptional” member of the City of Montreal’s executive committee.

Tremblay took to the witness stand this morning at a trial in which Zampino is facing corruption-related charges. Zampino is among nine people charged in connection with a real estate deal that paved the way for the Faubourg Contrecoeur housing development.

Tremblay resigned as the mayor of Montreal in 2012 after allegations he had turned a blind eye to corruption and electoral misspending by his Union Montreal party.

Zampino is accused of fixing the bidding process to favour construction company Construction Frank Catania & Associates Inc. in 2007. Montreal’s Housing and Development Corporation (SHDM) sold the land for about $4 million, a fraction of the value of what it was assessed for.

Along with nine others, Zampino was arrested in 2012 on charges of fraud, conspiracy and breach of trust.

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.