Expenses MP Jailed

December 23, 2013 by  

Expenses MP Jailed, Former MP Denis MacShane has been jailed for six months for expenses fraud after admitting submitting 19 fake receipts amounting to £12,900.

He is the fifth MP to get a prison sentence after 2009’s expenses scandal.

MacShane, 65, was a Labour MP for 18 years and served as Europe minister under Tony Blair between 2002 and 2005.

Mr Justice Sweeney said MacShane had “deliberately created misleading and deceptive invoices” with the “considerable” dishonesty involved.

‘Flagrant breach’
Flanked by two security officers, MacShane, wearing a dark suit with a blue striped tie and glasses, said “cheers” as the sentence was delivered, before adding, “quelle surprise” as he was led from the dock.

The judge told the former Rotherham MP “you have no one to blame but yourself” after showing “a flagrant breach of trust” in “our priceless democratic system” with “the deception used… calculated and designed”.

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