Trial begins today for London, Ont., Mayor Joe Fontana on fraud charges

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LONDON, Ont. - The mayor of London, Ont. goes on trial today for fraud-related charges.

Joe Fontana is accused of using taxpayer dollars to help pay for his son's wedding reception in 2005.

Fontana was a Liberal MP at the time of the alleged fraud, which police have valued at $1,700.

He has denied any wrongdoing and has refused to leave the mayor's chair while his case is before the courts.

The charges against Fontana include fraud under $5,000, uttering a forged document and breach of trust by a public official.

Organizations: Liberal MP

Geographic location: London, Ont., LONDON

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