Mounties formally asked to examine Wallin's expenses, RCMP confirms

OTTAWA – The Mounties have now formally been asked by the Senate to look into Sen. Pamela Wallin’s expenses.

RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Sherley Goodgie says the force received the request on Aug. 14.

It’s now up to the RCMP to decide whether to open a probe into Wallin’s travel claims.

The Senate turned to the Mounties after an outside audit flagged a number of inappropriate travel claims spanning nearly all of Wallin’s career as a senator, which began late in 2008.

The auditors flagged $121,348 in inappropriate expenses and called for further review of nearly $21,000 in additional claims.

Wallin has already repaid $38,000, and has said she would reimburse any disallowed expenses — with interest — out of her own pocket.