While Raj Grewal, the former Liberal MP, was serving as a member of parliament, he supposedly received $6 million in funds that he did not disclose to the ethics commissioner. He is also accused of having swindled “an individual employed at his parliamentary constituency office of a sum of money exceeding $5,000 in value”.
The new court documents also claim that Grewal “did solicit funds by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means, in connection with his duties of the office as a member of Parliament,” and that he “did solicit funds for his benefit in connection with the use of his public offices.” Lastly, they claim that Grewal managed his constituency office budget “for his own personal benefit” and did “solicit payment to him from an employee of his constituency office in a manner that constitutes fraud or breach of trust.”
Last week, the RCMP declared that it had charged Grewal with four counts of breach of trust and one count of fraud over $5,000. Stockwood’s LLP, the firm representing Grewal, refuted the allegations. Nader Hasan, a lawyer with Stockwoods, said that Mr. Grewal obstinately denies the allegations. Last week, the RCMP stated that the charges were the conclusion of an “extensive criminal investigation” that began in September 2017. This was after the RCMP was notified to “suspicious transactions” linking Grewal when he was a member of parliament.
RCMP said in a news release that it is alleged that Mr. Grewal did not report his receipt of millions in personal loans to the Ethics Commissioner, in situations that constitute a criminal breach of trust. In November 2018, Grewal declared his resignation, attributing the choice to “personal and medical reasons.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated at the time that Grewal was facing “serious personal challenges” and that it was the right one though, it may have been a tough decision.
Trudeau said in a statement at the time, “I hope he receives the support he needs.” Later, the prime minister’s office stated that the MP was quitting looking for treatment for a gambling addiction, which it said led him to rack up “significant personal debts.” Besides, in 2019, the former Liberal MP did not run for re-election. The charges against him have not been tested in court, and his first court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 6.