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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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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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