Mac Harb’s banking info requested by RCMP due to breach of trust, fraud concerns

Senator Mac Harb
Senator Mac Harb. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

TORONTO – The RCMP has requested ex-Senator Mac Harb’s banking information as part of the Senate expense scandal investigation.

In a court document, RCMP Corporal Greg Horton alleges Harb committed breach of trust and fraud by filing “inappropriate expense claims.”

Horton’s application for production orders suggests that between Dec. 2, 2003 and July 1, 2013, Harb defrauded the Senate of Canada of money “by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means” by filing inappropriate claims.

The document says Harb’s offences are related to travel and housing expense claims, though none of the allegations have been proven in court.

In documents released in July, Horton said that Harb erroneously claimed two houses as being his primary residence and collected compensation over a ten-year period. Horton spoke with neighbours and associates of Harb who said he was rarely seen on his Cobden, Ont. property.

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Horton requested account and deposit transactions from two separate bank accounts ranging from Jan. 1, 2008 and July 1, 2013.

Harb resigned from the upper chamber in August after paying back $230,000 of questionable Senate expenses.

Horton is also investigating Senators Patrick Brazeau and Mike Duffy for “similar but unrelated offences.”

Horton notes he is also investigating Duffy for “accepting approximately $90,000 from Nigel Wright, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Harper, to repay inappropriately claimed expenses, as well as fraud and breach of trust in relation to expenses paid to a third party from his Senate office budget.”