Former NDP MHA pleads guilty

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Former NDP MHA pleads guilty

Randy Collins, NDP MHA for Labrador West from 1999-2006 has plead guilty to two charges of fraud today in St. John's. From The Telegram:

The former MHA's 1999 victory in Labrador West was a breakthrough for the provincial New Democrats. He coasted to re-election in 2003, easily withstanding the blue Tory wave that swept much of the province.

But in a June 2006 report, Auditor General John Noseworthy alleged that Collins overspent hundreds of thousands of dollars from his taxpayer-funded constituency allowance. The final tab came in at $358,598.

Collins continued as MHA for the rest of that year. But in January 2007, he pulled the plug, announcing his resignation would take effect Feb. 14.

Collins moved to Toronto to take a position with the United Steelworkers union.

The charges against Collins span a seven-year period, from 1999 to 2006 - almost his entire career in provincial politics.