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CBC president repaid $30,000 in wrongly claimed expenses

OTTAWA - The president of the CBC has repaid nearly $30,000 in living and meal expenses.

A story posted on the CBC's website Friday says Hubert Lacroix repaid the money last fall when an internal audit determined he had wrongly claimed the expenses.

The story said the expense claims date back to 2008 and were made despite the fact Lacroix negotiated a $1,500 per month living allowance when he decided not to move to Ottawa, where the CBC's head office is located.

It said Lacroix's expense claims were approved despite a CBC policy that states the president is entitled to be paid travel and living expenses at any place other than the broadcaster's head office.

The CBC says the internal audit team that reviewed the expenses says the policy was approved in 2006 but the executives who review presidential expenses weren't aware of the rule.

It reported that a memo from the audit team says CBC executives and managers also said they didn't know that Lacroix had negotiated a $1,500 per month living allowance to "stay in a regular hotel" instead of moving to Ottawa.

CBC presidents are appointed by the federal cabinet.

Lacroix told the CBC in an interview that when the rule was pointed out to him, it was clear the expenses weren't allowed.

He says there was no effort to hide the expenses because they've been posted on the CBC's website.

The CBC story said the network stopped reimbursing the president for living expenses in Ottawa as of Sept. 1, 2013.

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