Extortion charges laid against two women in case tied to Laval mayor

Global News

LAVAL, Que. – Criminal charges have been laid against two women involved in an alleged prostitution scandal that brought down the mayor of Laval, Que.

The suburb’s interim mayor resigned last month, just hours after issuing a denial he’d had sex with a prostitute.

Alexandre Duplessis said at the time he had been the victim of an extortion attempt.

Now two women face criminal charges in the case.

Thirty-two-year-old Julie Cadieux and 44-year-old Nathalie Paquin were charged last Friday with extortion, break and enter and conspiracy.

They must appear in court Aug. 14.

Cadieux also faces a charge of drug possession, with intent to traffic. The prosecutor’s office alleges she was found in possession of methamphetamine.

Duplessis was mayor for barely half a year. He took over after longtime city boss Gilles Vaillancourt stepped down amid a corruption scandal last November after 23 years at the helm.

But Duplessis was…

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