Mike Duffy accused of charging for travel to funeral, ceremonies in Ottawa

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Sen. Mike Duffy arrives at the Senate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in an October 22, 2013 photo. e RCMP have laid 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery against suspended Sen. Mike Duffy.

OTTAWA — The RCMP provided fresh details Monday of its 31 fraud charges against Sen. Mike Duffy, accusing him of charging taxpayers for personal travel to funerals and for services from four people, including an Ottawa personal trainer.

A new court filing alleges “inappropriate expense claims associated with personal attendance at funeral and related ceremonies.”

According to the court documents, Duffy filed five separate expense claims that the RCMP alleges involved personal or partisan travel. The claims were filed from June 2009 to September 2012.

Duffy is also accused of fraudulently awarding a $65,000 contract to his longtime friend, Gerald Donohue. The RCMP allege that Donohue, in turn, paid some of that money to three other people, including a personal trainer.

Donohue has already told investigators that he did “no tangible work” for the money.

The RCMP announced last week it was charging Duffy with 31 criminal counts related to his expense claims, accusing him of misspending more than $200,000.

The charges stem from the disgraced senator’s housing and travel expenses, and a $90,000 payment from Nigel Wright, the former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Duffy has denied any criminal wrongdoing. Neither Duffy nor his lawyer, Donald Bayne, would comment on the new information, referring the news media to a statement released last week, when the RCMP first laid the charges.

The Conservative-appointed senator is to appear in court Sept. 16.

The NDP’s Peter Julian says as more details emerge about Duffy’s alleged crimes, the questions reach all the way to Harper’s office. He says it’s time for the prime minister to “come clean.”

“As more of the details come out, Canadians are asking: ’What does and what did the prime minister know, and when did he know it?’ That’s the question he’s yet to answer and he must answer.”

In April, the RCMP concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Wright. The prime minister had previously insisted Duffy repay his expenses, but the senator said he didn’t have the money.

Wright then stepped in and wrote a personal cheque for $90,000 to Duffy to help him cover his expenses.




Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Ottawa

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  • James Petrie
    July 22, 2014 - 09:20

    Why has the R.C.M.P. laid charges on this one man but did not lay charges on the many who committed fraud by using shell companies to take money from the PNP?

  • Man overboard
    July 22, 2014 - 07:32

    Like every other political mess..........I doubt that anything will come of it in the end. To me, it seems that he can never admit to anything . Greed can measure a persons true essence imo. We saw it during the PNP fiasco and it appears to run rampant in many in power. The public is generally the victim.

  • townie22
    July 22, 2014 - 07:03

    the difference in this case Garth is that the accused himself said this goes all the way to the PMO.

  • Island Boy
    July 22, 2014 - 06:14

    BEGONE FOUL SMELL ! Plus do the Island a favour and take your cohorts with you. RESIGN DUFFY... you befoul The Island and Islanders.

  • Fed up
    July 21, 2014 - 22:19

    Why doesn't the Guardian wait for this to come to court instead of plastering the front page EVERY SECOND DAY?!? We all know Duffy has been charged. We know this because your paper prints it almost DAILY! Now let things take their course. Your paper is so bias FOR the Liberals...,we know that...now maybe these people who have nothing else to do but ride this one wave could spend their time trying to find something that is NEWS. I'm sure there are way more politicians who overcharged just as much...and Heaven forbid if it was a Liberal....would the Guardian make it front page news as well. I say NOT likely!

    • townie2
      July 22, 2014 - 10:27

      1) because he is supposed to be representing Islanders, so naturally we have a vested interest in the story. 2) it's still unfolding. i just learned of the expenses filed for attending private funerals, let alone the the $65,000 allegedly paid out to personal trainers, make-up artists, and who knows who else, our money!

      July 22, 2014 - 10:31

      It's not the Guardian. It is in all the Toronto papers daily. Stop jumping to conclusions. It, not about Conservatives or Liberals, it's about a pig eating at the trough who happens to be Conservative, although Duffy would have taken a Senate appointment from Chretien, but Chretien was wise to Duffy, not so Harper, ho wanted another fund raiser for the Cons.

    July 21, 2014 - 22:06

    I have a question. If and when a Senator dies, who pays for the Sentaor's funeral----the Senator's family OR the Government of Canada? If it is the latter, heaven help us if and when Mike dies. |I would be curious to know where Duffy is going to be buried.

  • M. Gallant
    July 21, 2014 - 21:31

    Just imagine how many more fatcat senators have also falsified their expense claims and stolen money from Cdn taxpayers. Hope they catch a whole lot more and charge them as well.

    • Myron Bulroney
      July 21, 2014 - 21:59

      Should be a fairly simple investigation the authorities could start with the list of all Harper senate appointees.

  • Garth Staples
    July 21, 2014 - 19:34

    Would the media come clean and quit implying the PM had oodles of knowledge about the comings and goings of every Senator and MP in Parliament. The inference is preposterous. Does the Guardian know 'all about its employees' doings. Guess not.

    • Bill Meeker
      July 21, 2014 - 19:59

      The way Garth Staples wears his hyper partisan hat he is clearly hoping Harper needs another lickspittle (1- fawning toady. 2 - base sycophant) for a senator and since there are openings coming for P.E.I, Garth has his eyes on the prize. Go for it Garth. You the man.

    • nitpicker
      July 21, 2014 - 21:49

      Its a Canadian press story though, isn't it?

    • Myron Bulroney
      July 21, 2014 - 22:08

      Prime minister Harper needs to come clean and quit implying he is not a part of this racket! Do you know what else is preposterous? The Harpercons think we are all dumb enough to believe that Justins in over his head. My buddy Harper is in over his head and Duffys hanging on to his ankles!

    • GovWorker
      July 22, 2014 - 06:19

      I highly doubt that Duff cut his own cheques. His travel claims would be signed by his boss. Guess who that is? Where are the checks and balances that every gov dept has? The staff definitely exist there so there would be a whole lot of people turning a blind eye or simply not doing their job and his travel claim would still be signed with the delegated financial authority to do so... ie., his boss. There would be many reports, etc., that clearly indicated where all his senators were. Harper has saddled every government dept with endless reporting on expenses. If Harper didn't know the comings and goings of every senator, he should have.

  • waldorf
    July 21, 2014 - 17:56


  • voter
    July 21, 2014 - 17:08

    only a politician could be this dishonest and stupid-------PLUS--------A R R O G A N T !!!!!!!

    • Oh Really
      July 22, 2014 - 08:08

      I have met some dishonest people in my lifetime (whom I have chosen to forget about) and lots of stupidity....interestingly enough though - none of them were politicians. However on these comment blogs - there appears to be a lot of stupidity and arrogance.

    • voter
      July 22, 2014 - 19:28

      pressed your button easily !!eh!!!wonder why?

  • Scott
    July 21, 2014 - 16:19

    Oh Garth, Put the Tory spin on this will you?