Expense rules lacked clarity, bureaucrat tells trial of MLA Trevor Zinck

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The Canadian Press

Dartmouth North MLA Trevor Zinck leaves the courtroom at the Supreme Court during the first day of his trial in Halifax on Monday.

A senior bureaucrat in Nova Scotia’s Finance Department has told the fraud trial of a politician that rules around expense claims lacked clarity.

Byron Rafuse, the province’s associate deputy minister of finance, is testifying today at the spending scandal trial of Independent member Trevor Zinck.

Rafuse told the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax he was asked to conduct a review in 2010 of how member expense claims were processed.

He says there were weaknesses and a lack of clarity on what was an allowable expense.

Zinck is charged with theft over $5,000, fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust.

Three other politicians were charged in the scandal, all of whom have already been sentenced after pleading guilty.

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Organizations: Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Convicted Nova Scotia MLAs

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Halifax

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