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Senator Mike Duffy. FILE PHOTO
OTTAWA — The RCMP have laid 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery against suspended Sen. Mike Duffy.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud says the 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.
They include money he claimed for living expenses in what he claimed was a secondary residence in Ottawa and expenses he charged for travel on personal or political business.
The bribery charge covers the $90,000 payment from Wright.