Former Hamilton Centre PC riding president facing fraud charges


Hamilton Police say they have arrested and charged a former Hamilton Centre PC riding president with fraud.

On Friday, police reported that in March 2019 they received information regarding accounting irregularities within the Federal Conservative Electoral District Association of Hamilton Centre at the conclusion of the 2015 election.

The former president of the association, David Dawson, is believed to have misappropriated over $30,000.00 that had been refunded to the Conservatives by Elections Canada, police say.

On Thursday (Oct. 17), Dawson, 67, was arrested in relation to the funds. He was taken into custody and later released by way of a Promise to Appear.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, November 18, 2019, to answer to criminal charges.

Dawson is facing charges of:

  • Fraud over $5000
  • Theft by Conversion
  • Theft by Person Required to Account

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Rob Mayea (905) 546-4521, rmayea [at] hamiltonpolice [dot] on [dot] ca or Det. Sergeant Greg Doerr (905) 546-3841.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online at

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