OTTAWA: Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal is facing criminal charges of breach of trust and fraud.
According to court documents, Grewal allegedly broke the law by failing to disclose $6 million in funds he received while serving as a Member of Parliament for Brampton East between 2015 and 2019.
RCMP issued a statement announcing charges on Friday that alleges the funds were personal loans that he had received.
The 35-year-old leader faces four counts of breach of trust and one count of fraud over $5,000. The charges include allegations that he defrauded a staff member of his constituency office and used that office’s budget for his personal benefit, according to the documents.
The former Brampton East MP is scheduled to appear in an Ottawa court on Oct. 6, 2020.
Meanwhile, Grewal has denied wrongdoing.
“Raj Grewal adamantly denies these allegations – as he has done steadfastly since 2018. He looks forward to having his day in court and clearing his name,” his lawyer Nader R. Hasan of Stockwoods Barristers said in a statement Friday.
Grewal, who hails from Sarabha village in Ludhiana, resigned from the Liberal caucus in 2018 but stayed on as an independent MP. He did not run in the 2019 election.