Politician's sentencing hearing to begin

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The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – A former Independent politician who pleaded guilty to fraud and breach of trust in Nova Scotia’s spending scandal is to appear in court today for a sentencing hearing.

 

Dartmouth North MLA Trevor Zinck leaves the courtroom at the Supreme Court during the first day of his trial in Halifax on Monday, June 10, 2013.

Trevor Zinck pleaded guilty in June to breach of trust and fraud over $5,000 related to his expense claims.

During the trial, prosecution witnesses testified that organizations that were supposed to receive donations through Zinck’s office never received their cheques.

Zinck confirmed in court he was given more than $10,000 from the Speaker’s Office to cover constituency expenses in 2008 and 2009, even though he didn’t pay those owed money, except for a partial amount to one group.

He resigned his seat shortly after the legislature’s Speaker Gordie Gosse recalled the house to deal with his possible expulsion following the guilty plea.

Three other former politicians have also pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges that stemmed from a 2010 investigation by the province’s auditor general into constituency allowance spending.

Following his resignation, Zinck said he intended to run as an Independent candidate in the election expected later this year, pending the outcome of the sentencing hearing.

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