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Senate Expense Audit: 9 Cases Flagged For RCMP, By The Numbers

06/09/2015 04:42 EDT | Updated 06/11/2015 11:59 EDT

OTTAWA — Auditor General Michael Ferguson's two-year probe of Senate expenses flagged nine cases that he said Tuesday were so serious they should be immediately referred to the RCMP.

In each case, Ferguson said, current or former senators were making claims for living expenses incurred in the National Capital Region when flight patterns suggested they lived in the region and not in the province they represented.

Ferguson also highlighted cases were there was "a pervasive lack of evidence" or contrary evidence that prevented auditors from determining whether expenses incurred by these senators was really done for Senate business or if it they were personal.

Here are the nine cases that the AG recommended be sent to the Mounties.

Quebec Conservative Senator Pierre Hugues Boisvenu

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(Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot)

Expenses related to a primary residence that may have been incorrectly listed as Sherbrooke, Que., rather than the Ottawa area: $21,355

Travel expenses related to his victims’ rights organization: $38,577

Hospitality expenses that were not for parliamentary business: $399

Postage to mail copies of the senator’s book and taxi expenses: $745

Manitoba Liberal Senator Sharon Carstairs (Resigned)

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(Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Fred Chartrand)

Expenses related to a primary residence that may have been incorrectly listed as Winnipeg rather than Ottawa: $7,528

Ontario Liberal Senator Colin Kenny

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(Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Tom Hanson)

Travel that may not have been primarily for Senate business: $35,549

Salaries and benefits for staff for work related to personal business: undisclosed.

Retired N.B. Liberal Senator Rose-Marie Losier-Cool

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(Photo credit: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

Expenses related to a primary residence that may have been incorrectly listed as Moncton rather than Gatineau, Que.: $63,826

Travel that may not have been for parliamentary purposes: $46,225.

Retired N.S. Conservative Senator Don Oliver

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(Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)

Travel that may have been for a personal not-for-profit organization promoting wines, cuisine and tourism: $22,982

Ineligible travel to a family members' convocation in Kingston, a golf trip to Montreal with former senators, meetings with family members and a tailor, a fishing trip: $11,252

Spouse travel without him, likely to do her own work in Ottawa: $10,613

Used his staff member to drive from Ottawa to Halifax and fly back: $1,559

Ineligible hospitality, taxis, courier charges: $1,682

Retired Nfld. Liberal Senator Bill Rompkey

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(Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)

Expenses related to a primary residence that may have been incorrectly listed as St. John's rather than Ottawa: $17,292

Retired B.C. Conservative Senator Gerry St. Germain

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(Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

Trips that may have been to attend to private business interests: $4,415

Staff travel to the senator's home in B.C. for non-parliamentary reasons, such as parties and fundraisers: $43,727

Possible double-dipping by a contractor: $12,000

Possible non-parliamentary related contract by other supplier: $6,250

Gifts without receipts: $728

Potential ineligible family dinner: $468

Retired Manitoba Liberal Senator Rod Zimmer

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(Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Liam Richards)

Expenses related to a primary residence that may have been incorrectly listed as Winnipeg rather than Ottawa: $149,656

Undescribed trips to Montreal and a trip to Saskatoon: $6,293

Possible trip to Toronto for a board meeting and personal trip to Saskatoon: $3,578

Contracts with no evidence of work performed: $12,453

Taxis for personal activities: $2,072

Possible ineligible miscellaneous expenses: $645

Gifts that should not have been expensed: $705

Gifts without receipts: $612

Items not returned to the senate: a digital camera and computer equipment

Ontario Liberal Senator Marie-Paule Charette-Poulin (Resigned)

Expenses related to activities that were undocumented and may not have been parliamentary: $131,434

Travel that may have been related to her work as a lawyer: $31,161

Travel that may have been related to her spouse’ activities or visiting family members: $9,717

Contracting expenses that may not have been related to senate business: $82,746

Questionable hospitality expenses: $5,755

Taxi fares for possible personal activities: $1,443

Courier and other expenses for possible personal activities: $612

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