Halifax (October 21, 2020) – A former PC candidate in the last Nova Scotia election, Paul Edward Beasant, awaits his sentencing in a fraud case for March of next year after he pleaded guilty to using a counterfeit document on October 20. He allegedly used a forged cheque in Bedford in 2016. The Halifax police laid fraud charges against him in January 2018.
After a guilty plea, former Nova Scotia PC candidate, Paul Edward Beasant, awaits his sentencing for using a forged cheque in 2016.
Former Nova Scotia PC candidate charged for using a forged cheque
In December 2016, a male customer of RBC deposited a cheque for over $90,000 into his bank account at a Bedford branch. The cheque was later determined to be fraudulent. The Halifax police identified the man as Beasant and charged him with one count of Fraud over $5,000 and one count of uttering forged document in January 2018, according to a police press release.
It is not disclosed how much money of the forged cheque Beasant defrauded. Edward is a former Halifax resident, who now lives in Ontario.
Sentencing scheduled for March 2021
On October 20 of this year, Beasant pleaded guilty to one charge of uttering forged document in a hearing at Halifax provincial court, which he attended by phone from his new residence in Ontario. Reportedly, Judge Lenehan scheduled his sentencing hearing for March 18 of next year.
The 52-year-old was the PC candidate in the riding of Fairview-Clayton Park in the last Nova Scotia provincial election. He did not win the seat. Beasant is apparently also the host of ‘Late Night with Dr. Paul’, a television talk show that used to be produced in Halifax by Eastlink, which is now based in Toronto.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.