Just four days after the Senate announced an internal audit into Sen. Mike Duffy‘s fraudulent housing and travel expense claims, the senator tried cover up his trail.
An ongoing investigation by the RCMP reveals that Duffy, a Prince Edward Island senator, changed his banking address from Ontario to Prince Edward Island.
According to the Globe and Mail, “The most recent RCMP documents, filed in an Ottawa court on Thursday, reveal that Mr. Duffy changed his Ontario banking address to one in PEI in December of 2012, just four days after the Senate’s internal economy committee said it would conduct an audit of members’ residency claims.”
Duffy’s attempted cover-up bolsters his false declaration that his winterized cottage in Cavendish, PEI, was his primary residence. In May, the CBC obtained an original report by the Senate committee on internal economy, which revealed that “Duffy’s primary residence is in Ottawa, and not in P.E.I.”
The RCMP probe is now digging into Duffy’s financial records.
New court documents filed Thursday show that the Mounties are seeking documents from Royal Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for its investigation into the expense claims filed by Duffy.
Cpl. Greg Horton wants credit card statements from CIBC, and credit card and bank account statements from RBC. Horton is also requesting from RBC a mortgage application and, “a list of all address changes in relation to any account solely or jointly in the name of Michael (Mike) Duffy” registered to his Ottawa or P.E.I. Homes….
Horton repeats his allegations in previous court filings that he believes Duffy “has committed Breach of Trust in relation to travel and housing expense claims, submitted in relation to his duties as a Canadian senator.”
Duffy left the Conservative caucus earlier this year after revelations that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s then-chief of staff, Nigel Wright, tried to cover up his alleged fraud. Wright cut a $90,000 to cover Duffy’s Senate claims.
Duffy, a former respected journalist, is one of the Red Chamber’s top 10 spenders.
The RCMP is also investigating the fraudulent claims Liberal Sen. Marc Harb, who has vowed to legally challenge the Senate’s order to repay the $51,482 he owes, and Sen. Patrick Brazeau.