By The Canadian Press
The sentencing hearing for a former Nova Scotia politician who pleaded guilty in the province’s spending scandal is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.
Trevor Zinck pleaded guilty in June to fraud for more than $5,000 and breach of trust for accepting about $9,000 from the Speaker’s Office to cover constituency expenses in 2008 and 2009, even though he didn’t pay those owed money.
The case was delayed for a second time in August in the province’s Supreme Court after Zinck said he was still trying to find an expert’s opinion on his mental health.
Zinck, who sat as an Independent, initially refused to quit politics following his guilty plea, but resigned after the Speaker announced the legislature would be recalled to deal with his possible expulsion. Three other former politicians have also pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges that stemmed from a 2010 investigation by the province’s auditor general into constituency allowance spending.