Criminal investigation underway in Hamilton PC candidate nomination process

Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate Ben Levitt is seen in this undated Twitter photo. Twitter

Hamilton police have launched a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud against officials in Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party.

It follows allegations of voter fraud and ballot-box stuffing in the May 7 PC nomination meeting in Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas.

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Hamilton lawyer Vikram Singh, who was a runner-up in the four-person contest won by Ben Levitt, reportedly filed a complaint with police in the summer.

He has also launched a civil suit against the PC party, alleging “wrongful insertion of false ballots.”

The allegations have not been proven in court.

In a statement, Hamilton police said officers are currently investigating “any criminality involved” in the nomination process and said no further information would be released at this time.

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“Hamilton Police detectives are reviewing materials turned over by party officials and this process is expected to take several months,” the police force said.

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