Former call centre boss describes altering invoices at Del Mastro's request

MP Dean Del Mastro and his wife Kelly arrive at provincial court on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 for...

MP Dean Del Mastro and his wife Kelly arrive at provincial court on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 for the third day of Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro's trial on Elections Canada charges. The Crown alleges Del Mastro and official agent Richard McCarthy submitted false documents to Elections Canada to cover up election overspending. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/QMI Agency

Jason Bain, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:15 PM ET

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — A former call centre boss told court Thursday he continued to change the dates on invoices at the request of MP Dean Del Mastro despite becoming increasingly frustrated and concerned about the situation.

After Frank Hall’s Holinshed Research Group had completed $21,000 worth of voter identification and get-out-the-vote work during the 2008 federal campaign, Hall said he became concerned when he learned the campaign had claimed to have paid his company only $1,575 in documents filed to Elections Canada.

The Crown alleges Del Mastro and his official agent Richard McCarthy overspent during the 2008 election campaign. Authorities say the pair didn’t include the $21,000 paid to Holinshed in the campaign financial report and tried to hide the work by backdating invoices.

On Day 4 of the Elections Act trial, Hall testified Del Mastro asked him multiple times to change the dates on quotes and invoices for voter-calling work and software. But he told court he began to grow increasingly concerned over the repeated delays in payment.

Hall said he created and sent another invoice on June 1, 2009, for $19,425 of data collection and get-out-the-vote work at Del Mastro’s request, addressed to the Peterborough riding association instead of the campaign, backdated to Dec. 10, 2008.

Crown prosecutor Tom Lemon asked Hall why he agreed to backdate the invoice. He said he hoped to finally get a voter database system set up for Del Mastro and fix relations between the two sides.

“I had been chasing him for a very, very long time,” he said.

 


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