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Wright, Duffy accused of bribery, fraud in new RCMP documents

11/20/2013 10:43 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, is being investigated for bribery, fraud and breach of trust along with Senator Mike Duffy, in an RCMP probe that has expanded to include the Prime Minister's Office, court documents released today show.

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RCMP Cpl. Greg Horton says in the court documents that there is reasonable grounds to believe Wright offered money or favour to Duffy contrary to the Criminal Code. Horton alleges Duffy agreed to accept the offer of money.

Horton also alleges Wright and Duffy "have committed Bribery, Frauds on the Government, and Breach of Trust."

The documents include email excerpts that suggest numerous senior officials in the Prime Minister's Office were involved in the negotiations.

Horton details alleged negotiations between Duffy's then lawyer, Janice Payne, and PMO legal counsel Benjamin Perrin.

Horton alleges Senator Irving Gerstein, who is in charge of the Conservative Party's finances, was considering paying off what Duffy owed the Senate when he thought it was $32,000, but "agreed to reimbursement of the legal fees" when it was revealed Duffy had to repay more than $90,000. 

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