Sen. Patrick Brazeau's fraud case will be 'complex,' his lawyer says

Sen. Patrick Brazeau arrives at his new job, as the day manager at BareFax Gentlemen's Club, in...

Sen. Patrick Brazeau arrives at his new job, as the day manager at BareFax Gentlemen's Club, in Ottawa on February 19, 2014. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:37 PM ET

OTTAWA — Patrick Brazeau's lawyer was in court solo Monday as he received an outline of the Crown's fraud case against the suspended senator.

Lawyer Christian Deslauriers received the Crown's first disclosure and then the case was put over until April 28.

"I don't know the nature of the investigation, all we know is the RCMP got quite involved and since this case has lots of attention they went further with the details than usual," Deslauriers told reporters outside the court house.

Brazeau was charged with breach of trust and fraud for housing expenses filed as a senator.

Deslauriers said he expects the case to be complex.

"One thing (that will have to be explored is) the notion of residence; primary residence, secondary residence," Deslauriers said. "These notions in law and very complex issues."

Though the charges against Brazeau fall under the Criminal Code, Deslauriers explained that the provincial Crown, rather than federal, is handling the case because the fraud charges are relatively less serious.


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