After media inquiries concerning the mayor's spending habits, Harvey resigned as mayor in July, 2005. In August of the following year, Harvey admitted to breaching the public trust by using the city's credit card on several occasions between February 2003, and June 2005, running up bills totalling nearly $13,800.
In September, 2006, Harvey was sentenced to one-year conditional sentence, including six months of house arrest and six months under strict curfew. Harvey was also ordered to pay back the monies.
Later jailed for fraud
In February 2008 Harvey was sentenced to nine months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of fraud and one of forgery. The charges related to dealings Harvey had with a former business partner between 2003 and 2005. The court found that he defrauded the business partner of $69,000.
- "Ex-mayor of Vernon avoids jail time" - CBC British Columbia. September 14, 2006
- "Former B.C. mayor to be jailed for fraud" - CBC British Columbia. Feb, 2008
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