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Former senator Zimmer's expenses not in the clear: report

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Former Manitoba senator Rod Zimmer may not be in the clear of a Senate expense scandal after all.

Zimmer, who retired in August for health reasons, is having his expenses looked at again, the Globe and Mail reported.

A Senate committee interviewed the Liberal senator earlier to ensure his claims for travel and living expenses were on the up-and-up and cleared him late February. The 70-year-old retired after the Senate voted in June to have Auditor-General Michael Ferguson take a closer look at the expenses of senators.

Now Zimmer’s books are getting another look, Globe and Mail sources reportedly said. The Auditor-General’s office has said its review could take a year and a half to complete.

The Senate’s board of internal economy interviewed Zimmer earlier this year after asking all senators to provide documents proving they lived in the province they represent, including a driver’s licence, health card, income-tax returns and a signed document about where they are registered to vote.

Zimmer told the Free Press at the time that he maintains a Manitoba health card and driver’s licence and is registered to vote in Winnipeg.

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Updated on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 5:43 PM CDT: corrected senator

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