Trevor Zinck pleads guilty to fraud in constituency expense scandal

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The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – An Independent politician in the Nova Scotia legislature has pleaded guilty to fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust for his role in the province’s spending scandal.

Dartmouth North MLA Trevor Zinck leaves the courtroom at the Supreme Court during the first day of his trial in Halifax on Monday, June 10, 2013.

Trevor Zinck entered the plea on the fifth day of his trial at Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax.

A charge of theft over $5,000 was dropped.

Testimony was expected to continue Monday, but Zinck’s lawyer requested an adjournment shortly after the case resumed in court, saying he needed to discuss options with his client.

Zinck was one of four politicians charged in February 2011 following an investigation by the province’s auditor general into constituency allowance spending.

The former NDP caucus member is the only one who now sits in the legislature.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Supreme Court

Geographic location: Halifax

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