Former Hamilton Conservative riding association president charged with fraud

Hamilton police have charged the former president of a federal Conservative riding association with fraud.

Investigators say they received a report of "accounting irregularities" in the Federal Conservative Electoral District Association of Hamilton Centre in March 2019.

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They say the discrepancy was noted at the end of the 2015 federal election.

Police allege the former president "misappropriated" $30,000 that Elections Canada should have refunded to the Conservative Party of Canada.

Police say they arrested 67-year-old David Dawson on Thursday.

He's charged with fraud over $5,000, theft by conversion and theft by person required to account.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 18, 2019.

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