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Mike Duffy's finances expected to take centre stage again at his trial

OTTAWA - Suspended Sen. Mike Duffy's personal finances are expected to be scrutinized again today at his trial in Ottawa.His mortgages, Senate salary, private business and the $90,000 repayment from Nigel Wright, the prime minister's former chief of staff, were laid out Tuesday before the judge hearing the case.Government forensic accountant Mark Grenon testified on his analysis of Duffy's finances and it will be up to Ontario Justice Charles Vaillancourt to decide whether the figures will be accepted as fact at the trial.The Crown appears to be using the data to portray Duffy as a high-flying senator who perhaps had a reason to pad his income and to extort Wright into covering a $90,000 reimbursement of his contested expense claims.The court was shown numerous slides covering Duffy's finances from late 2008 to mid-2013 — a period that saw $1.2 million deposited into his bank account.However, the available records show money flowed out faster than it came in, with a line of credit that steadily rose to more than $100,000 at one point in 2012.Duffy's lawyer Donald Bayne called Grenon's testimony innuendo and irrelevant and should not be entered into evidence.Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery related to his Senate living, travel and office expenses.

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