Former Nova Scotia cabinet minister pleads guilty to fraud in spending scandal

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HALIFAX — Former Nova Scotia cabinet minister Russell MacKinnon has pleaded guilty to fraud and breach of trust for his role in the province’s spending scandal.

MacKinnon entered the plea on the fourth day of his trial at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax.

The former Liberal was expected to resume testimony today but the judge overseeing the case granted a temporary adjournment at the request of his defence lawyer.

When the case resumed, MacKinnon entered his plea.

Judge Felix Cacchione sentenced MacKinnon to an eight-month conditional sentence to be served in the community, followed by four months of house arrest and a year of probation.

MacKinnon is one of four politicians charged two years ago following an investigation by the province’s auditor general into constituency allowance spending.

Former Liberal Dave Wilson served four months in jail last year after admitting to defrauding the public purse of nearly $61,000.

Richard Hurlburt, a former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister, was sentenced to a year of house arrest after pleading guilty to charges of fraud and breach of trust.

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

His trial is scheduled to start in June.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Supreme Court

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Halifax.The

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  • Eli
    March 15, 2013 - 13:57

    There's a shameful justice system for thieves on the street and another for thieves who rob the public treasury. Appears it pays to get a job wearing a shirt & tie, it's licence to take what you bloody well like from the public treasury. Damn the lot!