Ex-MP in court over expenses

Former MP Denis MacShane will appear in court today charged with false accounting over expense claims. The 65-year-old is due at Westminster Magistrates Court to face charges linked to alleged fraudulent claims of £12,900 for research services.

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Denis MacShane due in court over expense claims

Former MP Denis MacShane will appear in court today charged with false accounting over expense claims.

Former MP Denis MacShane. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The 65-year-old is due at Westminster Magistrates Court to face charges linked to alleged fraudulent claims of £12,900 for research and translation services.

Prosecutors announced earlier this month that he would face one count of false accounting following claims that he had faked receipts.

MacShane stood down as MP for Rotherham last year.

CPS: MacShane charge relates to £12,900 expenses claims

The Crown Prosecution Service has taken the decision to charge former MP Denis Macshane over alleged fraudulent expenses claims with a total value of £12,900.

Having thoroughly reviewed the evidence gathered by the police, I have decided there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring a criminal charge against Denis MacShane. This charge relates to fraudulent claims with a total value of £12,900.

The charge is of false accounting, contrary to the Theft Act 1968. It is alleged that Denis Macshane claimed expenses for research and translation services carried out by a company that did not carry out that work.

– Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Head of the CPS Special Crime Division

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