The RCMP officer investigating Senator Mike Duffy filed papers in court making new allegations of his misuse of funds. Cpl. Greg Horton says Duffy paid $64,916 of Senate money to a friend for doing “little or no apparent work."
It is not even certain, Cpl. Horton says, that the friend ever got the money. The allegations come from contracts granted over a period of 4 years that the embattled Senator gave to his friend Gerald Donohue. According to Cpl. Horton he could find no record of actual work having been done that would warrant such payments.
“A public official is expected to spend taxpayers' money in a transparent and responsible manner," Cpl. Horton said in documents filed Tuesday in an Ottawa court. "I believe Senator Duffy, in his role as a Canadian Senator, breached the standard of responsibility and conduct demanded and expected of him as a person in a position of public trust."
Breath of trust and fraud
Cpl. Horton went on to say that Duffy "...used his office for a dishonest purpose, other than for the public good. In doing so he committed Breach of Trust and Fraud."
The corporal added that Mr. Donohue said he did not funnel any money back to Duffy and nor did he receive money. A purpose of the filing in court, Cpl. Horton said, is to compel banks to hand over information that will enable them to trace where the money went.
Duffy, the former Conservative Senator who sits now as an independent, was initially under investigation for allegedly filing false residency claims and false expense claims. This is the first the public has heard of these further alleged wrongdoings.
There's no time frame on when the investigation into Duffy will be complete. He has admitted to mistakes he claims were due to confusing rules but denied any wrongdoing and continues to sit in the Senate and draw his $132,000 annual salary.