— A book on beekeeping, a wood splitter and a cushion decorated with the Union Jack and the words “God Save the Queen,” are among the items that a special prosecutor alleges former B.C. legislature clerk Craig James improperly paid for with government dollars.
David Butcher began arguments Monday in James’s B.C. Supreme Court trial, alleging the offences also involved a $250,000 retirement allowance and travel expenses.
James pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of breach of trust by a public officer. His defence lawyers have not yet presented arguments in court.
“Mr. James was no ordinary employee. As the parliamentary equivalent of a CEO, he had a responsibility to the institution [and] the people of British Columbia to manage the affairs and resources of the legislature in an exemplary manner,” Butcher said.
Instead, Butcher told the court, James used public dollars for personal gain.