Bev Oda smokes a cigarette behind Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 16, 2011.
Justin Broekema, who worked for Bev Oda from 2009 until her recent resignation, admitted he was wrong Monday when he denied the former Tory minister smoked cigarettes in her office and bought air purifiers with taxpayers' money to cover it up.
"Since your story, I was informed that yes, she smoked in her office," he said Tuesday.
He also confirmed that two air purifiers were purchased at a cost of $50 each, paid by taxpayers.
"We put in the expense column," he said.
Although she smoked regularly in her office, it seems Oda has not suffered the consequences of breaking the law.
"To my knowledge, she never paid fines," said Broekema.
He said nobody ever filed a formal complaint against her.
Oda has been silent since she announced last Tuesday she was stepping down as minister for the Canadian International Development Agency.
She will hold her post as MP for the Durham riding until July 31.
Oda came under repeated fire for her free-spending ways with taxpayer dollars during her time as a Tory minister.
In April, she was forced to apologize and refund the treasury after news broke she upgraded to a room at
London's luxurious Savoy Hotel for three nights last year when her original five-star hotel wasn't up to snuff.
During the same trip, she billed taxpayers nearly $1,000 a day for a luxury car and driver and bought a $16 glass of orange juice.
In June, it came to light her staff had combed through five years worth of past travel and hospitality expenses to weed out all inappropriate spending. Oda then cut a cheque to taxpayers for an undisclosed amount.