Cops investigate after PC candidate's roaming charges leaked

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Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

CALGARY — Calgary cops are investigating the alleged fraudulent impersonation of a local resident's identity after internal government documents were leaked to the media during the heated Progressive Conservative leadership race.

On Monday, the Edmonton Sun reported on documents received from an anonymous source that show PC leadership contender Thomas Lukaszuk stuck taxpayers with over $20,000 in international data roaming charges while on a personal trip to Poland and Israel in October 2012.

Premier Dave Hancock was unavailable for comment on Tuesday but a spokesperson for his office said Hancock believes the leak of documents is "inappropriate" and will explore investigative options within government.

The Sun has determined that a Calgary resident’s identity was impersonated to arrange courier for the documents. The fraudulent impersonation of another person with the intent to gain personal advantage is a criminal code offense.

Insp. Don Coleman with Calgary Police Services' Centralized General Investigations said police have opened an investigation and are in the very early stages of "sorting out the fundamental elements of what has occurred."

Lukaszuk said he hopes police find the person responsible for obtaining the document, but also for impersonating "this poor fellow from Calgary."


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