MEP charged with fraud

Tom Wise, independent MEP for East Anglia has been charged with false accounting and money laundering. Mr Wise was originally elected to the European Parliament for UKIP in 2004.

His researcher, Lindsay Jenkins has also been charged.

From Cambridge News Online:

Derek Frame, reviewing lawyer, CPS Special Crime Division, said: “Following the publication of a news article in October 2005 relating to Mr Wise and Ms Jenkins, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) began an investigation into Mr Wises’ use of allowances. OLAF subsequently passed the investigation to Bedfordshire Police Economic Crime Unit for investigation.”

He said the charges related to offences alleged to have been committed in 2004 and 2005.

Mr Wise and Ms Jenkins have been released on bail and are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 27 April.

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