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Ex-UKIP MEP Ashley Mote convicted of 11 counts of false accounting, fraud and related offences


On 15th May 2015 at Southwark Crown Court Ashley Mote was convicted of four counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception, three counts of false accounting, two counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering. These offences, which involved over £400,000 worth of false claims to the European Parliament, occurred between 2004 and 2009 whilst Mr Mote was an independent MEP for South East of England. He has today been sentenced to five years.

Zoë Martin, specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service said, "Ashley Mote purported to expose fraud and promote accountability within the European Parliament. However, these values were not applied to his own blatantly dishonest actions as an MEP.

"Over a period of five years, Mr Mote misused his allowances as a member of the European Parliament to fund his personal expenses. This included paying off part of a bridging loan and the mortgage on his home. He also used the European Parliament funds to pay his legal bills in connection with his previous fraud trial and a related civil action."


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  2. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three national casework divisions: Specialist Fraud (formerly Central Fraud and Welfare, Rural & Health Divisions), Special Crime & Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime. CPS Direct is a 'virtual' 14th Area which provides charging decisions to all police forces and other investigators across England and Wales - it operates twenty-four hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
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