Audit should look further for fraud

NANAIMO – Let’s get one fact clear from the outset: Senator Pamela Wallin is not the only person to pad an expense account.

To the Editor,

Let’s get one fact clear from the outset: Senator Pamela Wallin is not the only person to pad an expense account.

Since time immemorial, a great many people have surreptitiously added a few dollars here and there to such accounts.

What has been exposed by the independent audit of Wallin is not a few dollars here and there, but looks more like a quite accomplished serial fraudster at work.

Literally scores upon scores of inadmissible travel expenses uncovered, beginning since she was first appointed as a Conservative senator in 2009 at age 56.

The senator called the audit “fundamentally flawed and unfair,” in arriving at the total of inadmissible expenses in excess of $120,000 and counting.

Surely with the RCMP now on the case the logical question is: Does someone who has been using expense accounts honestly for many years, suddenly decide to use them fraudulently at age 56?

It may be prudent for the relevant accountants to check Wallin’s expense claims when she worked as Canadian consul in New York and even before that when in the employ of CBC and CTV.

When all those avenues are checked out, we may have the answer to who is fundamentally flawed and unfair.

Bernie Smith

Parksville