Quebec's anti-corruption unit UPAC has made four more arrests, this time in Chateauguay.
And it was the town's mayor who helped them out.
UPAC arrested ex-Chateauguay councillor René Lafrance, his son Eric Lafrance, Michel Bergevin and Jacques Roy on charges of municipal corruption, fraud against the government, conspiracy and breach of trust. SQ captain André Boulanger says the ex-councillor along with the real estate agents and contractors arrested are suspected of trying to bribe Chateauguay mayor Nathalie Simon.
"By offering her benefits including money in exchange for the award of personal advantages," Boulanger said, adding it involved a major municipal adminstrative job and rezoning land linked to real estate projects.
UPAC chief Robert Lafreniére hailed Simon for her courage in coming forward that prompted the investigation in September, adding they've taken measures to ensure her security.
"She honourably denounced an unacceptable situation. Her denunciation allowed putting an end to a corruption strategy targetting her administration and her intergrity," Lafrenière told a news conference.
He said she's the first elected official to do so and urges others to follow.
"Denounce, denounce to the UPAC, and we will take measures to protect them, no problem. We need the cooperation of the elected people."
Police seized $31,000 as the investigation continues and other warrants are being executed. There could be more arrests.