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RCMP seek letter from former Pamela Wallin aide
OTTAWA A letter the RCMP are seeking from a former aide about Sen. Pamela Wallin makes unflattering allegations about the embattled senator's spending habits and professional conduct.
The allegations by former Wallin aide Alison Stodin were swiftly dismissed Sunday by Wallin's lawyer, who noted they came from "a former disgruntled employee."
The August 2012 letter, obtained by Postmedia News, is part of a long list of documents the RCMP is seeking as part of its investigation into Wallin's spending.
Stodin was hired by Wallin in June 2012 and dismissed six weeks later.
She allegedly sent the letter about her former boss to Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen after her firing because she was concerned for her professional reputation. At the time, Stewart Olsen was a member of the Senate's standing committee on internal economy. Stewart Olsen declined to comment on the letter Sunday, including what, if anything she might have done with it.
In the letter, Stodin raised concerns about Wallin's conduct toward her, which she said escalated after Wallin discovered Stodin had reviewed the senator's expense accounts with the Senate Finance Department. "I have never been subjected to the kind of treatment and disrespect I received from Senator Wallin," Stodin wrote in the letter.
Stodin alleged Wallin would often accuse her of double booking flights and events, although Stodin said no evidence was found of chi flat iron this.
She wrote that Wallin's "personal attacks on me and my reputation started to be ramped up cheap ray bans aviators right after I told her on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 that I was returning from a meeting with the Senate Finance Department where we had been working on reconciling outstanding American Express accounts and travel expenses."
Wallin fired Stodin cheap ray bans sunglasses on Aug. 22, 2012, "stating incompetence, and inability to run her schedule," the letter states.
On Friday, court documents revealed Stodin's letter is one of dozens of records sought by the RCMP in its investigation of fraud and breach of trust allegations against Wallin.
Wallin's lawyer, Terrence O'Sullivan, said in an email Sunday that Stodin was fired during her probationary period after "several performance issues." He noted that Deloitte auditors who did an independent study of Wallin's expenses had advised a Senate sub committee "that they did not rely on the evidence of a former disgruntled employee."
"There was no abuse of Ms. Stodin by Senator Wallin," he discount ray bans sunglasses said.
On Friday, O'Sullivan told Postmedia News he was not concerned about what the RCMP might find in its investigation. "We believe that an objective review of all the evidence will demonstrate that there was no attempt to defraud the people of Canada," he said.
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