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CPS advises charges against MEP Tom Wise and Researcher

20/04/2009

The Crown Prosecution Service has today advised Bedfordshire Police to charge Thomas Wise MEP and his then researcher Lindsay Jenkins with one count each of false accounting contrary to the Theft Act 1968 and one count each of money laundering contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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."

"I received the full file on 20 March 2009 and carefully reviewed the evidence before making this decision."

"These charges relate to alleged offences committed between October 2004 and September 2005. At the time Mr Wise was a Member of the European Parliament representing the United Kingdom Independence Party and Ms Jenkins was employed by him as a researcher."

Mr Wise and Ms Jenkins will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 27 April.

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  1. The maximum sentence for false accounting is seven years in the Crown Court or six months in a Magistrates' Court. The maximum sentence for s329 POCA is 14 years in a Crown Court and a fine or six months in a Magistrates' Court and a fine.
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