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Description: In the news last week – and presumably for the next few weeks to come – it was hard to escape mention of the trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy. The media seems fixated on the trial. One thing that has emerged seems to be very wide interpretation of what expenses allowed under the Senate rules.

Source: Globeandmail.com

Date:  April 7, 2015

Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/mike-duffy-abused-position-as-senator-crown-alleges-in-first-day-of-trial/article23822755/

Discussion Points:

1) Have you been following the news surrounding the Mike Duffy trial?

2) What lessons might accountants learn from this public trial about establishing policies and procedures around travel expenses in their workplaces?

3) In addition to this criminal trial, several media outlets have reported that the Auditor General is auditing senators’ expenses. What might be some of the audit procedures you would recommend for carrying out an audit of travel expenses?

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