Ottawa (September 14, 2020) – The RCMP laid charges against the former Liberal MP Raj Grewal in a fraud and breach of trust investigation. He is accused of taking millions of dollars in personal loans using his political position without reporting to the federal ethics commission. Furthermore, the RCMP alleged that he administered his government-funded constituency office budget for his own personal benefit. In 2018, amid the police investigation, he left the Liberal caucus on the grounds that he was seeking treatment for a gambling addiction.
The RCMP announced that they laid charges against former Member of Parliament Rajvinder Singh Grewal – also known as Raj Grewal – as a result of a fraud investigation, according to a press release issued on September 11. The charges stem from his time as a Liberal MP for the federal riding of Brampton-East between 2015 and 2019.
Alleged fraud and breach of trust
The RCMP investigation started in September 2017 when the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) reported suspicious transactions involving Grewal during his time in office.
The RCMP’s National Division Sensitive and International Investigations team determined that Grewal allegedly solicited millions of dollars in personal loans without telling the federal ethics commissioner. The Mounties alleged in the press release that he used his political position to solicit these loans ‘in circumstances that constitute a criminal breach of trust.’ Furthermore, he allegedly administered his government-funded constituency office budget for his own personal benefit, the RCMP said.
Grewal is now facing criminal charges of four counts of Breach of Trust and one count of Fraud Over $5,000. Grewal is expected to appear at the Ottawa Ontario Court of Justice on October 6. The trained lawyer is reportedly also under investigation by the law society for professional misconduct.
Rookie MP stumbled over gambling addiction
Grewal was first elected in 2015 – taking back a Conservative-held GTA riding. In Ottawa, he became a committee member on the House of Commons Health, Finance, and Government Operations committees.
Amid the police investigation, he left the Liberal caucus in 2018. At that time he named personal and health reasons. Thereafter, the Prime Minister’s Office published that he was seeking treatment for a gambling addiction, which he later confirmed in a Facebook video.
Since then, Grewal sat as an Independent for the rest of the term and did not run for re-election in 2019.