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Former Luton Labour MP Margaret Moran fiddled her expenses claims to receive more than £53,000, a jury has ruled.
Moran, 57, who served as MP for Luton South from 1997 until the 2010 General Election, claimed nearly her entire annual allowance in one bogus expense entry and forged invoices for more than £20,000 of non-existent goods and services.
Jurors at Southwark Crown Court in London were unable to return a guilty verdict after it was ruled that Moran was unfit to stand trial for mental health reasons.
Instead, in a trial of issue, the jury found that she had committed 15 counts of false accounting and six counts of using a false instrument over the claims for parliamentary expenses.
The trial of a former Luton South MP accused of claiming tens of thousands of pounds of bogus expenses continues at Southwark Crown Court in London today (Monday 12 November).
57-year-old Margaret Moran is facing 15 charges of false accounting and six of using a false instrument over the claims for parliamentary expenses.
The trial of former Luton South MP Margaret Moran for allegedly fiddling her parliamentary expenses has started today in her absence.
Ms Moran was found unfit to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court due to her mental health. She's charged with 21 offences relating to expense claims totalling around eighty thousand pounds.
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A jury today decided that Margaret Moran, the former Labour MP for Luton South, received £53,000 of taxpayers money she wasn't entitled to.