HOLLIE GREIG HOAX? GREG LANCE WATKINS MATE NIKKI SINCLAIR ,POND LIFE EXPENSES CHEAT?

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Jul 23, 2014 14:25

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  • Solihull politician will appear before magistrates in Birmingham to face allegations over travel expenses


    Former West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire is set to appear in court accused of making false expenses claims and money laundering following a lengthy police investigation.
    Ms Sinclaire is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 17 September to face allegations that she made false and dishonest submissions for travelling expenses and transferred the proceeds of fraud through a bank account in her name.
    The offences are alleged to have taken place between October 2009 and July 2010 when Ms Sinclaire was a serving Member of the European Parliament.
    The 45-year-old, of Velsheda Road, Shirley, was originally arrested on in February 2012 and has since been on police bail. Three other members of the public were also arrested but will face no further action.
    Throughout the investigation West Midlands Police has been working jointly with officers from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).
    Simon Orme, lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service special crime division, said: “The CPS has authorised West Midlands Police to charge Ms Nicole Sinclaire, former MEP for the West Midlands, with the offences of money laundering and misconduct in public office.
    “It is alleged that between October 2009 and July 2010, whilst serving as an MEP, Ms Sinclaire used funds paid into her bank account by the European Parliament in respect of false travelling expenses claims.
    “Ms Sinclaire has also been charged with Misconduct in a Public Office with regard to her actions.
    “The decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.
    “Criminal proceedings have now commenced and Ms Sinclaire has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
    When contacted by the Mail Ms Sinclaire said: “That’s the first I’ve heard about money laundering. The charge is misconduct in a public office.
    “I will make a comment at a later time.”
    The ex-MEP lost her seat in the May elections for the European parliament.
    She was elected MEP in June 2009 as a UKIP candidate but later resigned from the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in which UKIP is part of in the European Parliament, citing the alleged extreme right-wing views of some of the group’s members.
    Subsequently Sinclaire sat as an Independent MEP from January 2010 until in September 2012 she set up the We Demand a Referendum party.
    Although mainly known for her Eurosceptic views, Sinclaire has campaigned on other issues affecting West Midlands people, from jobs and the environment to human rights.

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