Crown to proceed by indictment against Port Williams businessman

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The crown will proceed by indictment in the case of a Port Williams man charged in connection to an alleged multi-million dollar fraud.

Gregory Paul Burden, 64, was back in Kentville provincial court May 20. He is facing three charges of fraud over $5,000 and 12 counts of uttering forged documents. The offences were alleged to have occurred between September 2006 and April 2012. He made his first court appearance in December of last year and has yet to enter any pleas.

Charges were laid against Burden in November after a 16-month investigation into an allegation of banking and investment fraud against the Royal Bank of Canada by two Nova Scotia companies owned and operated by Burden.

An indictable offence is considered more serious than a summary offence and conviction can lead to greater penalties. In most cases a prosecution by indictment allows for a trial by jury in Supreme Court.

Burden is scheduled to enter pleas to the charges during his next court appearance on June 30. 

Organizations: Royal Bank of Canada, Supreme Court

Geographic location: Port Williams, Kentville, Nova Scotia

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