Ex-Labour MP due to be sentenced for expenses fraud

The former Labour MP Denis MacShane is to be sentenced today after pleading guilty to false accounting over his expenses. The 65-year-old admitted filing 19 fraudulent invoices between January 2005 and January 2008 in November.

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MP used pseudonym to fraudulently claim expenses

Disgraced Labour MP Denis MacShane admitted to using a fake name to fraudulently claim expenses for trips to Europe, it emerged.

Allegations were made against MacShane as far back as 2009.

However, he confessed to submitting invoices signed with what he called a "nom de plume" in a 2010 letter to the Parliamentary commissioner.

The former Labour MP repeatedly put in receipts from the “European Policy Institute”, a group he subsequently described as a “loose network” with “no office, no staff, and just a post-box address.”

He used a name on the receipts which he explained was “a nom de plume used over the years to cover expense claims and payments from the EPI.”

Former Labour MP faces prison over expenses fraud

A former Labour MP is due to be sentenced later today after pleading guilty to false accounting over his expenses.

The former Labour MP was told by the judge, Mr Justice Sweeney "all sentencing options remain open". Credit: PA

Former Rotherham MP Denis MacShane admitted filing 19 fraudulent invoices between January 2005 to January 2008 back in November.

The former Europe minister received over £100,000 in allowances on top of his salary of £67,000 a year.

Among them, he submitted fake receipts for £12,900 of "research and translation" services.

Four MPs and two peers have been sent to prison as a result of the expenses revelations from 2009. The maximum sentence for false accounting is seven years.

Their sentences ranged from nine to 18 months. One further MP, Labour's Margaret Moran, was given a supervision order instead after suffering mental health problems.

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