Patrick Brazeau, Mac Harb charged by RCMP in Senate expense fraud

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Ottawa: RCMP has formally charged Brazeau and Harb in the expenses fraud. In March 2013, the RCMP’s National Division began its investigations into Senator Patrick Brazeau and former Senator Mac Harb’s housing and living expenses. Both have been charged with one count each of fraud and breach of trust related to inappropriate Senate expense claims under sections 122 and 380 of the Criminal Code. RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud announced the charges at a news conference on Tuesday. Investigations reveal that Brazeau and Harb defrauded taxpayers by claiming travel and living expenses to which they were not entitled. Brazeau was suspended from the Senate in October along with Conservative Senators Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin. NDP’s ethics critic Charlie Angus said  that the criminal charges ushered in a “sobering day” in Canadian political life but questioned the stand of both Harper and Trudeau on Brazeau and Harb respectively. Gilles said RCMP investigators will continue to explore multiple leads to ascertain all the facts and collect evidence in support of these facts. We will update Canadians when our work is completed.