Former Labour minister Denis MacShane will be sentenced later today after admitting making bogus expense claims amounting to nearly £13,000.
MacShane, 65, pleaded guilty last month to false accounting by filing 19 fake receipts for ''research and translation'' services.
The former Rotherham MP used the money to fund a series of trips around Europe, including one to judge a literary competition in Paris.
During a hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday, Mr Justice Sweeney heard from both defence and prosecution lawyers.
The maximum jail term available for false accounting is seven years.