Halifax Regional Police have charged former Nova Scotia PC candidate with fraud

A former Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative candidate is facing two criminal charges related to the 2016 deposit of a $90,000 cheque in his bank account.

Halifax Regional Police have charged Paul Edward Beasant, 49, with one count each of fraud over $5,000 and uttering a forged document.

According to police, Beasant attempted to deposit the cheque into his bank account at the Royal Bank at 1597 Bedford Highway.

A spokesperson for the Nova Scotia PC party confirmed that the man who was charged had run as a candidate in the Fairview-Clayton Park riding during the 2017 election.

He eventually lost to Liberal candidate Patricia Arab.

Beasant is also known as the host and producer of a weekly talk show, “Late Night with Dr. Paul,” on Eastlink.

According to the show’s website, he’s interviewed Mayor Mike Savage, Halifax Regional Councillor Matt Whitman, Halifax Regional Councillor Lindell Smith and Kevin O’Leary as part of the production.

Jill Laing, a spokesperson for Eastlink, said in a statement that he is not an Eastlink employee.

“No decision has been made on the airing of future episodes,” she wrote.

Beasant is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court on Jan. 23.

Read the full story over at Global News.

This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

Devin Jones is the head writer and social media producer at Canadian Fraud News. Devin was raised in Toronto and is a graduate of the Ryerson University journalism program. As a former Digital Media editor at the Ryerson Review of Journalism, you can find Devin camera and coffee in hand, at his home photo studio.

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