B.C. house leaders respond to staffers accused of overspending

The legislature’s three house leaders say they will thoroughly examine the responses of Gary Lenz and Craig James to the Plecas report.

Gary Lenz (left) and Craig James. Arlen Redekop / PNG

The three house leaders of the B.C. legislature have responded to embattled staffers Craig James and Gary Lenz over allegations of spending misconduct.

MLAs Mike Farnworth, Mary Polak, and Sonia Furstenau said, in a brief statement Friday, they had received the written responses to the report by speaker Darryl Plecas.

They said they will review the written responses with “thorough consideration” of their contents.

“Any decisions with respect to their release or the status of the two permanent officers will be made after careful consideration of the information provided, and in accordance with legal advice received, the statement said.

They added they will not provide further comment on the matter at this time.

James and Lenz on Thursday denied any wrongdoing. The two had been expected to file responses to Plecas’s 76-page report, which was released on Jan. 21.

The report alleges James and Lenz claimed inappropriate expenses, went on lavish foreign trips during which little work was done, and handed out questionable retirement and pay benefits.

Both men were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Both denied any wrongdoing. James said he has not not done anything wrong which “justifies the actions that have been taken against” him.

Lenz said in his statement that the Plecas report and his public removal from the legislature under police escort have had an immeasurable negative impact on him and his family.

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With files from Nick Eagland and Rob Shaw

Источник: Vancouversun.com

Источник: Corruptioner.life

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