Former Woolwich mayor Todd Cowan has been guilty of breach of trust in connection to expense claims he made while in office. Cowan was found not guilty of fraud. Cowan was charged with fraud under $5,000 and breach of trust. Specifically, he was accused of double-billing the Region of Waterloo and Woolwich Township for $2,770, and double-billing $465.62 in mileage to the township and the Grand River Conservation Authority. The court ruled Cowan misled taxpayers when he said he dined with other politicians at a conference in Ottawa, when he actually filed expense claims covering his girlfriend’s meals.
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