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article imageCanadian Senator Wallin may pay back $20,000 in expense claims

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 7, 2013 in Politics
It's being reported by CTV that their former employee, Senator Pamela Wallin, may have to pay the Canadian taxpayer back another $20,000. In ongoing investigations of her expense claims yet another impropriety looks to have been uncovered.
Ms. Wallin is a Conservative member of the Senate appointed on Jan. 2, 2009, but she left her party's caucus on May 17 while she is being investigated. She has paid back $38,000 in fraudulent expense claims already and in total there were $321,000 in suspect claims that the forensic accounting firm Deliotte has been hired to examine.
Senate Leader: "We need to go further"
It is unclear where these additional $20,000 expense claims are from. Initially Ms. Wallin's more recent expense claims were those under scrutiny, but that is no longer the case.
“They obviously found something in that first year’s audit that said we need to go further,” Senate Leader James Cowan, a Liberal, told media. “Now they are going back to the date of her appointment.”
CTV News cited unnamed sources as telling them a Senate finance committee has been informed of this latest potential payback. Ms. Wallin, 60, is a former TV journalist who worked for CTV and the CBC. Another former CTV journalist and Conservative senator, Mike Duffy, is also under investigation for taking money he was not entitled to.
In related news, it is being reported that Deliotte will be called in front of a Senate committee next week to explain why it is taking so long to audit Ms. Wallin.
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