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Former N.S. Liberal to plead guilty in spending scandal: Crown

A Crown lawyer says a former Liberal politician charged in Nova Scotia's spending scandal is expected to plead guilty when his case resumes later this month.

Dave Wilson faces charges stemming from a constituency allowance spending scandal.

A lawyer appeared today in Halifax provincial court on the behalf of Mr. Wilson and his lawyer, Steven O'Leary, to request an adjournment.

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The judge overseeing the case granted it, moving the judge-only trial to Sydney, N.S., for election and plea on Sept. 13.

Outside court, Crown lawyer Andrew Macdonald said he expected that Mr. Wilson would enter a guilty plea during that court appearance that reflects "all of the criminal conduct that we've alleged."

Dave Wilson faces 31 charges of uttering forged documents and one count each of breach of trust and fraud.

He resigned without explanation in March 2010 and is one of three former members and one current member of the legislature charged earlier this year after a nine-month investigation into constituency allowance spending.

Mr. O'Leary did not return a message seeking comment.

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