Ex-British lawmaker sentenced to six months in expenses scandal

Dec. 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM   |   0 comments

LONDON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Denis MacShane, a former member of the British Parliament, was sentenced Monday to six months in jail for submitting fake expense claims totaling about $21,000.

During sentencing, the judge said MacShane had committed a "flagrant breach of trust" that he had "repeated many times over a long period," the British newspaper the Guardian reported.

MacShane, 65, pleaded guilty last month to filing 19 bogus receipts for "research and translation" services.

He also was ordered to pay $2,500 in costs within two months.

MacShane is the fifth former member of Parliament to be sentenced in connection with a 2009 expenses scandal. He resigned from Parliament in 2012.

The judge stipulated MacShane should serve half his sentence and be released early. He said MacShane had suffered a "long period of public humiliation" and had not committed the crimes "out of greed or for personal profit."

The judge also noted the money had been paid back.

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