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Duffy pre-signed ‘stacks’ of blank, undated expense claim forms, trial hears

'We had a different process in our office, and the Senator signed a stack of blank forms,' says Melanie Mercer, former aide to suspended Senator Mike Duffy tells court. Ms. Mercer says Sen. Duffy was 'in demand' and the blank forms were 'an effort to stay on top of things.'

Senator Mike Duffy was so busy fundraising for Conservative MPs after he took his Senate seat in 2009 that he would sign and verify “stacks” of undated blank expense forms to be filled out later by his office, Sen. Duffy’s former top aide testified Monday. Former executive assistant Melanie Mercer told the suspended Senator’s fraud trial two assistants from other Conservative Senators’ offices recommended the unusual bookkeeping practice soon after Sen. Duffy hired her after he was appointed

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