Mounties charge Harb, Brazeau with fraud, breach of trust over Senate expenses

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The RCMP are set to deliver an update on their Senate investigation that is likely to announce charges against Mac Harb and Patrick Brazeau.

OTTAWA — RCMP have charged former senator Mac Harb and suspended senator Patrick Brazeau with fraud and breach of trust over their Senate expenses.

Assistant commissioner Gilles Michaud, the commanding officer of the RCMP’s national division, announced the charges today.

Michaud says the RCMP is not pursuing allegations of bank fraud against Harb, however, because the allegations are not supported by the evidence.

The Mounties have spent months investigating allegations in the Senate expenses scandal.

Harb is a former Liberal senator who resigned last summer after police alleged he should not have collected a housing allowance for a residence he claimed about 100 kilometres north of the capital.

Brazeau, a former Conservative, was suspended from the Senate after similar allegations about his housing claims. Both men have insisted they did nothing wrong and were tripped up by ambiguous Senate rules.

Former Conservative senators Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin were also suspended from the Senate over expense claims, but no charges have been laid.

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  • The Observer from Stratford
    February 04, 2014 - 17:04

    @good: I agree. I've had suspicions for a long time that the whole Senate mess has been orchestrated by the Conservatives to make the abolition of the Senate an acceptable course of action that not one of the opposition parties would dare to oppose.

  • Good
    February 04, 2014 - 10:45

    Nice to see some fat cats getting what they deserve.. There I bet there will be a lot of paper shredding going on now.. I think Harper set these people up to get rid of the senate... All part of his plan to change Canada.. 22 88996455