According to the National Post, court filings indicate the Mounties are alleging Wallin committed fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust related to her Senate expense claims.
Sen. Pamela Wallin used her Toronto condominium “as her primary residence” for “functions outside the scope of her Senate duties” and in doing so filed “fraudulent expense claims” to the upper chamber, the RCMP allege in newly released court documents.
The court documents also appear to show that Senate finance officials had concerns about Wallin’s expenses as early as 2010, but were overruled by the Senate’s internal economy committee – the same committee that later determined she had abused her expense privileges.
CBC News notes that Const. Michael Johnson of the RCMP National Division alleges in the documents he filed with the court that Wallin "defrauded the senate" by making inappropriate claims between Jan. 2, 2009 and Sept. 30, 2012.
"I believe Senator Pamela Wallin has committed the offences of breach of trust and fraud," Johnson wrote in an affidavit, according to CBC.
The RCMP have also asked to see Wallin's calendars, her travel expenses for 2013 and her credit card statements.
She has not been charged with anything and has not had the opportunity to defend herself in court.
This is first RCMP court filing related to Wallin but just the latest affidavit related to the ongoing Senate expense scandal.
In July, court filings on the Senator Mike Duffy investigation, suggested that he is being investigated for breach of trust for a "pattern of filing fraudulent expense claims" and "fraud against the government" for accepting the $90,000 cheque from Nigel Wright, the prime minister's former chief of staff, in order to pay back his improperly claimed expense claims.
We were also provided details about former Liberal Senator Mac Harb and the RCMP alleging that he claimed an "uninhabitable home" as his primary residence.
And, in an affidavit filed in an Ottawa court in July, the RCMP allege that the former Conservative — now independent — Senator Patrick Brazeau inappropriately claimed his father’s home in Maniwaki as his primary residence in order to claim a $22,000 a year taxpayer funded housing allowance.
Over the past two weeks — during a Senate debate about motions to suspend the former Conservative Senators — Wallin, Duffy and Brazeau each vehemently defended themselves claiming they did nothing wrong.
Wallin argued that her suspension motion was based on retroactive rules and implied that the whole episode was due to a personal vendetta against her.
"[Sen. Stewart Olsen] and [Sen.] Marjory LeBreton could not abide the fact that I was outspoken in caucus, or critical of their leadership – or that my level of activity brought me into the public eye and once garnered the praise of the prime minister," Wallin argued.
"They resented that – they resented me being an activist senator."
A vote in the Senate to suspend the three Senators without pay — but with benefits — is expected to take place next week.
(Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press)
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