APTN National News
OTTAWA–Bruce Carson, a former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has been charged with influence peddling by the RCMP.
The RCMP said in a statement, that Carson, 66, allegedly “accepted a commission from a third-party in connection with a business matter relating to the government.” The RCMP said Carson had been charged with one count of “fraud on the government, also known as influence peddling.”
The RCMP said in the statement that the investigation begin on March 2011 after the RCMP received a referral from the Prime Minister’s Office.
An APTN National News report into Carson’s activities triggered the PMO’s request the RCMP look into the issue.
Carson is scheduled to appear in Ottawa court on Sept. 10, 2012.