Nova Scotia

Court date set for ex-MLA Richard Hurlburt

A court date has been finalized for former MLA Richard Hurlburt to enter pleas to criminal charges stemming for his constituency expense claims.

A court date has been finalized for former MLA Richard Hurlburt to enter pleas to criminal charges stemming for his constituency expense claims.

Hurlburt, the former Progressive Conservative MLA for Yarmouth, will be in court on Feb. 23, 2012.

The date was established Thursday morning in Halifax in provincial Supreme Court.

Hurlburt is accused of fraud over $5,000, breach of trust and uttering forged documents.

Hurlburt resigned his seat in February 2010 after Nova Scotia’s auditor general, Jacques Lapointe, questioned the constituency expenses of some MLAs.

He admitted to billing taxpayers $8,000 to have a generator installed in his home. He also spent more than $3,000 to buy and install a 40-inch LCD television in his constituency office.

Hurlburt repaid taxpayers for those items.

The auditor general handed files over to the RCMP, who later charged Hurlburt and three others. They are Trevor Zinck, who sits as an Independent MLA, and Russell MacKinnon and Dave Wilson, who are no longer provincial politicians.

Zinck pleaded not guilty in May to charges of theft over $5,000, fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust. He'll be in court June 11 for a preliminary hearing.

Wilson pleaded guilty to one count each of uttering forged documents, fraud and breach of trust in September. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 25.

MacKinnon has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of uttering forged documents and one count each of fraud and breach of trust. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 16.

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