MP Dean Del Mastro's $21G cheque is key: Crown

MP Dean Del Mastro and his wife Kelly arrive at Peterborough court Monday, June 23, 2014 for the...

MP Dean Del Mastro and his wife Kelly arrive at Peterborough court Monday, June 23, 2014 for the first day of his trial on Elections Canada charges. (KENNEDY GORDON/QMI AGENCY)

Kennedy Gordon, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:00 PM ET

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — The RCMP determined the cheques, contracts and invoices at the heart of Elections Canada’s charges against Tory MP Dean Del Mastro were backdated to make them appear older than they were, the Crown alleged in its opening statement Monday.

Crown attorney Tom Lemon said RCMP investigators analyzed computer files belonging to Frank Hall, whose company, Holinshead, was hired by Del Mastro during the 2008 election campaign.

Lemon said the $21,000 personal cheque Del Mastro issued to Holinshead had an August date but was written in October. The prosecutor said the RCMP looked at Del Mastro’s bank account and noticed he didn’t have that money available to him in August.

He said the evidence will prove Del Mastro and his official agent, Richard McCarthy, knew they had overspent by $17,850 during the 2008 campaign and attempted to hide that fact by submitting a falsified document to Elections Canada.

Elections Canada alleges Del Mastro didn’t repo


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