Bruce Carson is shown in Ottawa May 1, 2008. The RCMP says Carson, a former adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has been charged with influence peddling, also known as fraud on the government. — Canadian Press photo
OTTAWA — The RCMP have charged Bruce Carson, a former senior adviser to the prime minister, with influence peddling.
The Mounties say Carson is alleged to have accepted a commission for a third party in connection with a business matter relating to the government.
He is charged with one count of fraud on the government, also known as influence peddling, contrary to the Criminal Code.
The RCMP investigation began in March 2011 when the national police force received a referral from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Carson, 66, is slated to make his first court appearance Sept. 10.
The Prime Minister’s Office asked the RCMP to investigate Carson amid allegations he illegally lobbied the federal government on behalf of a company that employed his girlfriend.