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MONTREAL — A former Montreal city councillor is among seven people arrested today in a municipal corruption probe.
The province’s anti-corruption unit, known as UPAC, says they’re also looking for one more person following a sweep.
The squad says its current investigation began in 2014 and involves about 30 contracts doled out for professional services — mainly engineering contracts — by the City of Montreal.
The unit says in a statement their probe suggests a network of engineering firms, municipal officials and an elected official had developed a contract-sharing system.
They allege that in exchange for those lucrative contracts, there were benefits that included political financing, kickbacks and other personal favours worth $160 million.
UPAC says the charges against the suspects vary, ranging from conspiracy to commit fraud and municipal corruption to breach of trust for certain officials.