Mike Duffy's trial and how he misused public money to fly himself, his wife and family several times.

April 5, 2016
First Published On: April 5, 2016
by HitBerry

Probably there might be fewer politicians, maybe 5 out of 100 who have not done corruption and misused the public money and government budgets. Among them, Mike Duffy became the one.

Canadian Senator Duffy who was then suspended from senate was charged with the 31 frauds, breach-of-trust and bribery offenses for which he had then been in trial. You, people, are probably not shocked by the news as it has been the scandal in the last gone years.

 In an interview with thestar.com Canada, Deputy Crown Attorney Holmes Said, “Duffy billed the Senate $82,000 in “secondary residence” expenses though he did not live in Prince Edward Island and was just “commuting” from his Ottawa home. Duffy claimed travel payments for Senate business when he was attending family events including the birth of a grandson, his daughter’s theatre debut and at least 18 funerals of friends.”

And with thestar.com Duffy’s lawyer Donald Bayne said, “I told the prime minister that, uh, Duffy was going to pay, he was basically going to say it was a mistake . . . and that the government people would have lines consistent with that, uh, and I also told the prime minister that he (Duffy) had sort of decent technical or legal defenses to this crime. I was aware of the fact that I was pushing very hard to have a caucus member pay a significant amount of money to which he may have been legally entitled”

On November 5, 2013, the Senate voted to suspend Duffy without pay for two years. Duffy, in March 2013, repaid with $90,000 which he received from Nigel Wright and has pleaded not guilty to fraud, breach of trust and bribery charges related to expenses he claimed as a senator.

Duffy had not been only charged also he had been accused of violating broadcasting codes and ethics rules during the 2008 federal election.

Though at present the image of Duffy had been down in front of world’s people because of those charges’ scandals, in past he has done the praise-worthy works.

Duffy has been a former Canadian Television Journalist; he won an ACTRA Award for live television reporting, for his coverage of the 1985 Turkish Embassy attack in Ottawa by the American Revolutionary Army. He has been nominated for two times for the “best in the business” award by the Washington Journalism Review. In 2002, he was awarded the Golden Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.

Duffy has married two times: first with Nancy and present wife Heather and he has a sister Moria Duffy and two children.

Duffy has worked in Ottawa for four decades. He has a salary of $142,400 and has an estimated net worth of $2 million.