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05/12/2014 12:14 EDT | Updated 07/12/2014 05:59 EDT

Bruce Carson, Former PMO Staffer, Faces New Charges

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Bruce Carson, a former top adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is facing new charges related to his work on energy policy after he left the Prime Minister's Office in 2009.

A spokeswoman for the RCMP's national division says the Mounties last week charged Carson with three counts of lobbying while prohibited and one count of influence peddling.

Carson is to appear in an Ottawa court on June 18.

He was already facing a count of influence peddling and had his banking records seized as part of the investigation into his lobbying work, according to an affidavit filed in court by the RCMP last November.

Carson left the PMO in February 2009, and headed up the Canada school of energy and environment at the University of Calgary. He was also one of two founding co-chairs of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada, or EPIC. EPIC was created in August 2009 to gain support from private-sector leaders and academics and build support with the public before going to government with ideas for an energy strategy.

The allegations aren't proven and haven't been tested in court.

Carson's lawyer said in a statement in March that Carson was "not in any way lobbying government or anyone else" and that if any charges were brought, they would be "vigorously defended.”

In the affidavit filed last fall, the RCMP's national division alleged that emails obtained by the Mounties suggest Carson tried to lobby the most senior members of government and the bureaucracy, including the clerk of the Privy Council and Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright.

The emails, Const. Marie-Josée Robert alleges in court records, "are compelling examples establishing that Mr. Carson committed the offence of frauds on the government by having or pretending to have influence with the government or with a minister … or an official."

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