August 16, 2013 2:45 pm
Updated: August 16, 2013 2:54 pm

Mounties formally asked to examine Wallin’s expenses, RCMP confirms

Senator Pamela Wallin appears at a Senate committee hearing on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, August 12, 2013.

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OTTAWA – The Mounties have now formally been asked by the Senate to look into Sen. Pamela Wallin’s expenses.

RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Sherley Goodgie says the force received the request on Aug. 14.

It’s now up to the RCMP to decide whether to open a probe into Wallin’s travel claims.

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The Senate turned to the Mounties after an outside audit flagged a number of inappropriate travel claims spanning nearly all of Wallin’s career as a senator, which began late in 2008.

READ MORE: Pamela Wallin to owe more than $121,000: Senate

The auditors flagged $121,348 in inappropriate expenses and called for further review of nearly $21,000 in additional claims.

MORE: Senate still mulling Wallin’s extra $21K

Wallin has already repaid $38,000, and has said she would reimburse any disallowed expenses – with interest – out of her own pocket.

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