London mayor's fraud case adjourned to February
London Mayor Joe Fontana listens to a matter during a council meeting in London, Ont., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. (The Canadian Press/Dave Chidley)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, January 8, 2013 5:31AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:58PM EST
LONDON, Ont. -- The criminal case against the mayor of London, Ont., stemming from his time as a Liberal member of Parliament, has been put over until Feb. 26.
A member of Joe Fontana's legal team made a brief appearance on his behalf Tuesday and asked for the case to be adjourned while the Crown gives the defence disclosure.
Fontana faces charges of fraud under $5,000, breach of trust by a public official and uttering forged documents.
Police say the value of the alleged fraud is $1,700, and the London Free Press has reported that a Government of Canada cheque for that amount was given to a London club to cover a deposit for the wedding reception for Fontana's son in 2005.
Fontana has denied any wrongdoing and refused to step down as mayor while the charges are pending.
His lawyer Gord Cudmore says Fontana will be pleading not guilty.