Controversial group home operator Keith Charles is facing an enormous financial penalty after being found guilty Friday morning of 12 fire code infractions.

The prosecution is seeking $60,000 in fines – $5,000 for each count – for the 12 convictions at 1452 Oxford St. that stretch from April 7 to November 3, 2014, when resident David MacPherson, 72, died in a fire.

Friday afternoon, Charles, who has represented himself at his Provincial Offences court trial without a lawyer, is expected to make his final pitch to justice of the peace Peter Aharan, who convicted Charles on Monday morning.

Should the prosecution be successful, the surcharge would push the fines to $75,000.

That total would also add to the $7,500 fine levelled against him last week for a property he leased on Clarke Road.

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