02/06/2015 02:46 EST | Updated 04/08/2015 05:59 EDT

Former Woolwich, Ont., mayor charged with fraud after OPP probe expense claims

ORILLIA, Ont. - The former mayor of the southwestern Ontario community of Woolwich Township is facing charges following a provincial police investigation.

OPP say they were contacted last October by Waterloo regional police requesting they conduct an investigation into expense claims filed by Woolwich Township's mayor.

Police say 50-year old Todd Cowan has been charged following an anti-rackets branch investigation.

Cowan is charged with fraud under $5,000 and breach of trust and is to appear in Kitchener court on March 3.

Cowan was elected mayor of Woolwich in 2010, but finished last out of four candidates in last October's municipal election.