Farooq was investigated twice by OPCP prior to arrest

Former Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate charged with 14 counts of fraud

Salman Farooq, the former Ontario Progressive Conservative Party candidate who was arrested earlier this week and charged with several counts of fraud, was twice investigated by party officials in connection with fraud allegations but was kept on as a candidate until he stepped down for “health reasons.” Farooq has been charged with 14 criminal counts related to mortgage fraud, credit card fraud, and forged cheques. OPC Party spokesman Alan Sakach told The Globe and Mail that Farooq had cleared party background checks, but said “at no time was the Ontario PC Party aware of a police investigation into the business dealings of Salman Farooq.” Party leader Tim Hudak has not commented publicly on the matter.

The Globe and Mail

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