For the week of May 22, 2022:
Craig James: Guilty of fraud and breach of trust by a public official.
The disgraced former clerk of British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly bought a suit and dress shirts from upscale boutiques in London, England and Vancouver and charged taxpayers $1,900.
“His premise was a dishonest one to benefit himself,” ruled Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes on May 19 in B.C. Supreme Court.
James escaped guilty findings for taking a $258,000 retirement allowance and storing a $13,000 woodsplitter and trailer on his Saanich property. But Holmes said he was in conflict of interest and called into question his ability to act as the de facto CEO of the seat of government.
On this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast, host Bob Mackin rewinds to late 2018 and early 2019 when then-Speaker Darryl Plecas and his chief of staff Alan Mullen had exposed corruption by James and Sergeant-at-Arms Gary Lenz.
PLUS: Hear Joe Keithley of DOA and Burnaby city council on his June 4 Rock Against Racism benefit concert at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver. Joe is this week’s recipient of the Virtual Nanaimo Bar.
Also, commentary and Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines.
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