Dex­ter filed ex­ces­sive ex­pense claims on lap­tops, cam­era

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HAL­I­FAX (CP) — Nova Sco­tia Premier Dar­rell Dex­ter was among a num­ber of politi­cians who filed ex­pense claims that the prov­ince’s au­di­tor gen­eral deemed ex­ces­sive, his of­fice said Wed­nes­day.

A spokesman for Dex­ter said the premier wanted it known that he was one of the politi­cians flagged by the prov­ince’s au­di­tor gen­eral for fil­ing ex­ces­sive ex­pen­di­tures.

“The premier does not in­tend to de­bate whether the ex­penses were rea­son­able, rather he sim­ply in­tends to re­pay them,” Shawn Fuller said.

In a re­port ear­lier in the day, pro­vin­cial au­di­tor gen­eral Jac­ques La­pointe listed a num­ber of ex­pen­di­tures politi­cians made that he said were ex­ces­sive, in­clud­ing a $5,501 lap­top and a dig­i­tal cam­era for $2,150.

Fuller said Dex­ter bought the cam­era but that the $5,501 in pub­lic money ac­tu­ally went to two lap­tops. The NDP premier was out of the coun­try on va­ca­tion and not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment.

In his re­port, La­pointe said some Nova Sco­tia politi­cians filed ex­pense claims dur­ing a three­year pe­riod that were “ex­ces­sive or in­ap­pro­pri­ate,” but he added that he found no ev­i­dence of pos­si­ble crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing.

La­pointe’s re­port flagged sev­eral in­ap­pro­pri­ate ex­pense claims for per­sonal items in­clud­ing nearly $8,000 for a gen­er­a­tor in­stalled at a leg­isla­tive mem­ber’s res­i­dence and $1,260 for park­ing lot sand­ing from a com­pany owned by a mem­ber’s brother.

Ex­ces­sive ex­pen­di­tures as listed by La­pointe in­cluded $13,445 for custom-made of­fice fur­ni­ture, $790 for a model boat of­fice dis­play, $ 2,600 for a printer and $2,499 for a TV.

La­pointe also said one mem­ber bought 11 com­put­ers and 12 print­ers over a three-year pe­riod.

La­pointe au­dited the ex­penses filed by and paid to mem­bers of the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture be­tween July 2006 and June 2009.

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