In 2017, Chilliwack Liberal MLA John Martin reported that tens of thousands of dollars in public funds had gone missing from his constituency office.
Ian Lindsay / PNG
Nearly two years after Liberal MLA John Martin reported the theft of tens of thousands of dollars in public funds from his Chilliwack constituency office, the B.C. Prosecution Office has revealed a special prosecutor has been assisting the RCMP investigation.On March 2, 2017, Martin announced that he had fired an assistant after discovering a large sum of cash had gone missing from his constituency office.“I’m profoundly disappointed in what has happened,” said Martin, who reported the theft to the RCMP. “I believe we have an obligation to wisely manage the taxpayer’s money. I cannot provide further comments as the authorities will be conducting their investigation.”Related Vancouver lawyer Robin McFee was appointed as special prosecutor later that month at the request of the RCMP for the purpose of providing legal advice during the investigation and any resulting prosecution.But the prosecution service withheld the announcement of McFee’s appointment until RCMP finished their investigation.“Following consultation with the special prosecutor, and taking into account the specific circumstances of the case, the (prosecution service) concluded that issuing a media statement announcing the appointment was appropriate at this time,” the service said in a news release.The case is now being considered for possible charges, the statement said, adding no additional information would be released.The appointment of a special prosecutor is intended to avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of email@example.com