$15K used to pay credit card debt, court told
Former privacy commissioner George Radwanski took out a pair of $15,000 travel advances to pay off the balance on a government-issued credit card — not for government-related travel — a court heard Monday.
Radwanski and his former chief of staff, Art Lamarche, are on trial before Justice Paul R. Belanger in the Ontario Court of Justice for charges of fraud and breach of trust relating to travel and expense claims Radwanski made while on the job.
He resigned as privacy commissioner in 2003 after a Commons committee inquiry.
The court heard Monday that after paying back a $15,000 travel advance at the end of the 2002 fiscal year to avoid having it listed on the government’s public accounts, Radwanski took out another $15,000 travel advance for the same reason as the first one: to pay off a credit card balance.