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Hamilton cop faces charges over benefits, ammunition, licence plates

A veteran Hamilton police officer and his lawyer are continuing to review 700 pages of documents from police counsel on five Police Services Act charges related to employee benefits, ammunition and licence plates.

A veteran Hamilton police officer is reviewing 700 pages of documents from police counsel on five Police Services Act charges related to employee benefits, ammunition and licence plates. But it will be a month before the officer sets a date for a PSA hearing, after the matter was delayed this morning.

A PSA hearing for Jason Howard, a Division 3 sergeant, was pushed back Friday while the two sides continue to talk. The two sides are expected to reconvene in a month to set a hearing date. He's charged with two counts of discreditable conduct and three counts of insubordination.

Howard has been suspended with pay since April 2014.

Police documents allege that Howard submitted two false claims to his benefits carrier, Manulife Financial between Jan. 2 and Oct. 2, 2013.

Documents also say that Howard didn't surrender ammunition, or submit reports around found licence plates to police or the Ministry of Transportation.

Howard, 43, of St. Catharines has been a member of Hamilton Police Service for 15 years.

Hamilton Police counsel Marco Visentini said he and Howard's lawyer are continuing discussions, and are expected to reconvene on June 19.

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