Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pay Up by Sept. 16 or We'll Dock Your Salary, Senate Tells Wallin

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pay Up by Sept. 16 or We'll Dock Your Salary, Senate Tells Wallin

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Wallin must repay expenses by Sept. 16

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OTTAWA - The clock is ticking for Sen. Pamela Wallin to pay back her dubious travel claims.

The former Conservative has until Sept. 16 to repay tens of thousands of dollars in ineligible travel expenses.

A Senate official confirmed the upper chamber will start garnishing Wallin's wages if she misses that deadline.

The Senate called in the RCMP after an audit called into question a litany of travel claims spanning nearly all of Wallin's career as a senator, which began late in 2008.

The auditors flagged $121,348 in inappropriate expenses and the Senate committee later determined Wallin owed another $17,621, bringing her total tab to $138,969.

Wallin -- who denounces the audit as "fundamentally flawed and unfair" -- has already repaid $38,000, and has since promised to reimburse any disallowed expenses out of her own pocket, with interest.

Wallin is one of four senators in hot water over their expenses.

The Mounties are investigating the questionable housing claims of former Conservatives Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau as well as ex-Liberal Mac Harb. …

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