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Lord Hanningfield charged with false accounting

30/09/2015

A CPS spokesperson said: "The CPS has today issued a written charge and requisition to Paul White, known as Lord Hanningfield, with one charge of false accounting in relation to claims for daily allowance at the House of Lords.

"Lord Hanningfield will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29 October 2015.

"May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Lord Hanningfield will now be commenced and of his 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."

Additional Information

Details of the full charge: Paul Edward Winston White a.k.a Lord Hanningfield, on or about 30th July 2013, in furnishing information for the purpose of making a daily allowance claim dishonestly and with a view to gain for himself or with intent to cause loss to another, produced or made use of a document required for an accounting purpose, namely a 'daily allowance and/or travel expenses' claim form used by the House of Lords Finance Department to determine allowances and expenses due to him, which to his knowledge was or may have been misleading, false or deceptive in a material particular in that it purported to show that he was entitled to be paid a daily allowance on 1st, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 16th, 18th. 22nd, 23rd and 29th July 2013 when the conditions entitling him to such payment had not been fulfilled.

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