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Gerald Donohue not a Maple Ridge Media owner, but signed thousands of dollars of cheques from family firm, Duffy trial hears

The son of Gerald Donohue—a long-time friend of Sen. Duffy’s who up to now was believed to be the owner and head of Maple Ridge Media Inc., which received nearly $65,000 from Sen. Duffy’s office for research and consulting services—told court that his father was not an owner or executive officer of the firm at the time, or a shareholder, and, to the son’s knowledge, did not have signing authority for cheques.

Suspended Senator Mike Duffy’s trial on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery heard surprising testimony on Tuesday about tens of thousands of dollars worth of cheques that were issued to members of the family that owned Maple Ridge Media Inc. and another firm at the centre of allegations Sen. Duffy channeled contract payments through the companies to avoid Senate scrutiny. The son of Gerald Donohue—a long-time friend of Sen. Duffy’s who up to now was believed

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