Former MEP ordered to pay back £85,000 or face further time in prison

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A former MEP who was jailed for four years for claiming false expenses has been ordered to pay back more than £85,000 or face further time in prison.

Peter Skinner was sentenced to four years in prison in 2016 after he was convicted at trial of dishonestly claiming expenses in his role as South East MEP.

A judge at Southwark Crown Court today (April 27) made a confiscation order of £85,436.96 against Skinner. If he fails to pay within three months he will have to serve a further year in prison.

The court also ordered Skinner to pay more than £50,000 in prosecution costs.

Nick Price, from the CPS, said: "Peter Skinner abused the expenses system of the European Parliament in order to enrich himself and was jailed for his dishonesty.

“The work of the CPS did not stop at conviction and thanks to detailed analysis of Skinner’s accounts, our specialist Proceeds of Crime team has been able to secure a significant Confiscation Order.”

Notes to editors

  • Nick Price is Head of CPS Proceeds of Crime

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