Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs, his wife and one other person, have been charged with extortion.
Keith and Marisa Hobbs have each been charged with extortion and obstructing justice, an OPP release said. Mary Voss has also been charged with extortion.
The OPP statement said the charges relate to "an investigation of allegations of criminal wrongdoing that include a municipal official and a local resident."
Court documents allege the three last October attempted to "induce Alexander 'Sandy' Zaitzeff to purchase a house, by threats, accusations or menace of disclosing criminal allegations to the police, thereby committing extortion" for the purpose of providing Vosswith a place to live. This occurred between Oct. 19, 2016 and Nov. 20, 2016.
The obstruction charges against Keith and Marisa Hobbs cover the period between Dec. 21, 2016 and May 7, 2017, and allege that they interfered in an investigation being conducted by the RCMP.
Hobbs will take a paid leave of absence, which begins Monday July 24.
The accused are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26.