Former Ukip MEP accused of fiddling travel expenses
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.