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Politics Former Conservative candidate from 2015 election charged with theft of over $5,000

A man is silhouetted walking past a Conservative Party logo before the opening of the Party's national convention in Halifax on August 23, 2018.

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A failed Conservative candidate from the 2015 federal election has been charged with stealing more than $5,000 from campaign coffers.

The federal public prosecution service has charged former candidate Charles Poulin and Sonia Fortin, his campaign’s official agent, with theft.

Fortin faces a second charge from the federal elections commissioner of failing to submit a campaign return, along with other related campaign documents, within four months of polling day.

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An official notice from the two organizations says the theft was “to the detriment” of the Conservative party, including the riding association in the Quebec district of Brome-Missisquoi, and to “a creditor of the campaign.”

The Criminal Code says a conviction for the indictable offence could lead to a maximum prison term of 10 years.

Poulin came fourth in his riding in the October 2015 federal election, capturing 11.5 per cent of the vote in a riding won by Liberal Denis Paradis.

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