#OPP Issue Warrant for Municipal Elections Act 121619


OPP-led Investigation of the 2018 Mayoral Election (Burlington)

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch (ARB) has issued a warrant for the arrest of a Burlington resident, following an investigation into expense violations under the Municipal Elections Act. During the course of the investigation, evidence was uncovered which identified the accused as being responsible for several criminal offences.

In December 2018, the OPP received a request for assistance from the Halton Regional Police Service. The request was made in relation to allegations of improprieties during the 2018 Mayoral Election in the City of Burlington.

As a result of the investigation, the OPP Anti-Rackets Branch, with the assistance of investigators from Halton Regional Police, have charged Sean BAIRD, 47. The accused has no affiliation to the Mayor’s office and has been charged with the following offences:

·      Uttering a Forged Document – Contrary to section 368(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

·      Fraud over $5000 – Contrary to section 380(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada

·      Corrupt Practice (four counts) – Contrary to the Municipal Elections Act.

Any person with information regarding the whereabouts of this person is requested to contact the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) at 1-888-310-1122. 

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