Former Harper chief of staff Wright won’t face criminal charges, RCMP says

RCMP officials say Nigel Wright, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, won’t face criminal charges in connection with the ongoing Senate expenses scandal.

OTTAWA — RCMP officials say Nigel Wright, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, won’t face criminal charges in connection with the ongoing Senate expenses scandal.

Wright resigned as Harper’s right-hand man after it was disclosed he wrote a personal cheque for $90,000 to Mike Duffy to allow the disgraced former Conservative senator to repay disallowed housing expenses.

Investigators now say the evidence gathered “does not support criminal charges against Mr. Wright.”

In February, former Liberal senator Mac Harb and former Conservative senator Patrick Brazeau were charged with one count each of fraud and breach of trust — the first criminal charges to emanate from the scandal.

The Mounties continue to investigate allegedly fraudulent expenses claimed by Duffy and former Conservative senator Pamela Wallin.

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