Former N.L. politicians facing spring trial on expense fraud charges

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ST. JOHNS, N.L. A former Liberal member of the Newfoundland legislature will go to trial in the spring on charges stemming from the provinces constituency allowance spending scandal.

Jim Walsh had originally elected to be tried in Newfoundland Supreme Court by judge and jury with a preliminary inquiry scheduled to begin today.

However, he has re-elected to be tried by a provincial court judge.

The trial is expected to take five days, beginning May 19 in St. Johns.

Walsh faces charges of fraud over $5,000, breach of trust by a public officer, and frauds on government.

He was charged following the release of auditor general John Noseworthys report on government constituency allowance overspending in 2006.

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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