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UK ex-MP fails jail term for fraud

Former British MP Denis MacShane

Former British MP Denis MacShane
Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:10PM GMT

A former Labour Member of the British Parliament is to be convicted in court for false accounting over parliamentary expenses claims.

Denis MacShane, the ex-Rotherham MP, faces a maximum of seven years in prison for making bogus expense claims amounting to £12,900.

The hearing for the 65-year-old former Europe minister for expenses fraud is scheduled for Monday.

He pleaded guilty last month to having filed 19 fraudulent invoices in a three-year period between January 2005 and January 2008.

During a hearing at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, known as the Old Bailey, in London in November, MacShane said he used the money to fund his trips to Europe.

The guilty plea came after four years of scrutiny into the lawmaker’s use of the House of Commons allowances.

The daily newspaper The Times  recently learnt that police have failed to pass on evidence to prosecutors about a number of fraudulent expenses claims by MPs and peers.

Earlier in September, a research showed that only a fifth of the British public trust MPs to “tell the truth” as an impact of the expenses scandal in Westminster.

According to the study for the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL), faith in MPs in England dropped to just 20 percent by 2010 and has not risen since then.

It was also revealed that only 27 percent see MPs as “dedicated to doing a good job for the public”, down from 46 percent in 2008, a year before it emerged that dozens of MPs had misused their expenses

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