For­mer Ukip MEP ac­cused of fid­dling travel ex­penses

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A FOR­MER Ukip MEP claimed ex­penses for driv­ing from Soli­hull to Stoke while she was in Cyprus and claimed for trips by car when she ac­tu­ally flew, a court heard.

Nikki Sin­claire claimed thou­sands of eu­ros in travel ex­penses for jour­neys to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment by car when she had ac­tu­ally flown more cheaply, it is al­leged.

The MEP, who rep­re­sented the West Mid­lands re­gion in Brus­sels and Strasbourg un­til 2014, signed and sub­mit­ted “sig­nif­i­cant” ex­penses “in ex­cess of the flight costs”, ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tion. The jury at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court was told that in one case Sin­claire would have needed a car that could “travel back in time”.

The 47-year-old, of Shirley, West Mid­lands, is ac­cused of mis­con­duct in a pub­lic of­fice while a serv­ing mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment by mak­ing or caus­ing to be made false or dis­hon­est claims for travel ex­penses.

Sin­claire, who is free on bail, de­nies all the charges and the trial con­tin­ues.

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