Mike Duffy faces 31 criminal charges in Senate scandal

Charges against the disgraced Senator include fraud, breach of trust and bribery...

The RCMP have laid 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery against suspended Sen. Mike Duffy.

The charges involve Duffy's claims for living expenses, claims for travel expenses unconnected with Senate business and fraudulent contracts, said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud.

They also cover the $90,000 Duffy allegedly received from Nigel Wright, the prime minister's former chief of staff.

Michaud said the charges cover more than $200,000 in phoney expenses.

They include money he claimed for living expenses in what he said was a secondary residence in Ottawa, as well as expenses he charged for travel on personal or political business.

The bribery charge covers the $90,000 payment from Wright.

``The investigation into Sen. Mike Duffy has been completed,'' Michaud said at a news conference.

``The case was initiated as an investigation into expense claims relating to his declared primary residence in Prince Edward Island, and secondary residence in Ottawa.''

Michaud said the investigation then widened into four different directions.

The first involved expense claims relating to Duffy's secondary residence in Ottawa, while the second covered the filing of Senate expense claims for travel for personal and partisan reasons, unrelated to Senate business.

A third avenue covered the awards of consulting contracts over a four-year period and the use of part of those funds for personal gain or for expenses that circumvent Senate oversight.

The last involved the $90,000 Duffy got from Wright to repay his residency expense claims.

Duffy's first court appearance is set for Sept. 16.

The charges could result in a prison sentence. The bribery count carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.

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  1. dama posted on 07/17/2014 02:17 PM
    "The charges COULD result in prison sentences" Why could ? if convicted ,, he should go to jail for maybe 10 years and this will serve as a deterrent for other Senators and politicians who MIGHT think of stealing from tax payer.. .

    but Duffy will get what Joe Fontana got?
    4 months house arrest and community service?

    Next Pamela Wallin... maybe both can share a cell..
  2. Misty posted on 07/17/2014 03:08 PM
    Just another greedy politician! They certainly should make an example of him! And there certainly were victims! The taxpayer! I'm am certain that this is just the tip of the iceberg. All politicians should be subjected to "surprise" audits on their expense accounts. That in itself would help to curb the desire to cheat the system.
    1. But you won't posted on 07/17/2014 05:19 PM
      @Misty But you won't see much comments coming from the faithful Newtalk 1010 listener-ship because Mike is a good Conservative.
  3. farcebuster posted on 07/17/2014 05:21 PM
    If only somone would inbvestigate the McGuinty/Smitherman/Wynne trio. Why they keep getting away with the deception, scandals and abuse of our money is beyond comprehension.
    1. Neo-T-O posted on 07/17/2014 06:04 PM
      @farcebuster Ha. Wondered how long it would take to add an irrelevant point to this story. FYI farcebuster, the libs won a majority. Of the ontario voters, it was decisive. Now can we get back on point about Duffy?
    2. farcebuster posted on 07/17/2014 06:26 PM
      @Neo-T-O Not irrelevent with this subject. Problem is the "majority" that voted for them have been completely taken in by their deception.
      The rest of the population outside of the urban area can provide reams of documentation of their harm, lies and coverups but your urban based media are under the liberal thumb. It's pretty sad and frustrating situation. When an opportunity arises to try to get people to look a little harder than what they are being told, then I will seize it.
      You probably through the Ornge Orange county chopper and speedboat were cool.
      Wake up people. Hammer Duffy, hammer Ford but they pale in comparison to Mcwynnety's crew.
    3. The Liberals posted on 07/17/2014 06:43 PM
      @farcebuster The Liberals was large financial but the Fords and the Duffy's are more crime like.
    4. farcebuster posted on 07/18/2014 06:42 AM
      @The Liberals hmm.. liberals, breach of trust - deleted emails, willful blindness as people are sick and driven from their homes because of wind turbines, suppressed ministry and agency documents proving it, chief medical officer of health who knowingly omitted information and skillfully "worded" a literature review to allow it to continue, gas plant cancellation to retain seats (huge blow to democracy and against the law) and all of the other piled on scandals, but miraculously, they are still here, now with majority, as Standard and Poors and Moodys gives Ontario a negative credit rating. Give me a break.. What were you "majority" of Ontarians thinking?
  4. Personally I think posted on 07/17/2014 06:09 PM
    Personally I think Rob Ford should still win most corrupt politician of the year award for 2014.
  5. Hey everybody posted on 07/17/2014 07:34 PM
    Hey everybody look! There's Mike Dufflebag of money smiling and laughing!
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