RCMP Describe His Conduct as “Disgraceful”
Postmedia News and Canadian Press | July 17, 2014 8:08 AM ET
OTTAWA — After months of investigation, suspended senator Mike Duffy was criminally charged by the RCMP Thursday over his expense claims, including a $90,000 payment from the prime minister’s top aide to help him repay his spending claims.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud says the 31 charges involve Duffy’s claims for living expenses, claims for travel expenses unconnected with Senate business and fraudulent contracts.
They also cover the $90,000 Duffy received from Nigel Wright, the prime minister’s former chief of staff.
Michaud says the charges cover more than $200,000 in phoney expenses.
Duffy will appear in court in Ottawa on September 16, the RCMP says.
Duffy is currently at home in Prince Edward Island — a residence at the heart of the Senate spending scandal. He has spent months recuperating from bypass surgery.
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