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Captain Con O'Sullivan
07-01-2011, 01:36 PM
This is the way to do it. David Chaytor, former MP jailed for 18 months on charges of false accounting as part of the expenses scandal which broke in Westminster last year.

Any chance of an Irish journalist asking Ivor Callely or Ned O'Keeffe to comment?

Or will it be left to the Daily Mail again to raise the subject of Irish politician's 'expenses' in Ireland?

'David Chaytor, the first former MP to be convicted over the expenses scandal, was today sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The former Labour MP for Bury North last month pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to three charges of false accounting, days before he had been due to stand trial. He faced a maximum sentence of seven years.'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/jan/07/david-chaytor-jailed-mps-expenses

Rich
07-01-2011, 02:06 PM
This is the way to do it. David Chaytor, former MP jailed for 18 months on charges of false accounting as part of the expenses scandal which broke in Westminster last year.

Any chance of an Irish journalist asking Ivor Callely or Ned O'Keeffe to comment?

Or will it be left to the Daily Mail again to raise the subject of Irish politician's 'expenses' in Ireland?

'David Chaytor, the first former MP to be convicted over the expenses scandal, was today sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The former Labour MP for Bury North last month pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to three charges of false accounting, days before he had been due to stand trial. He faced a maximum sentence of seven years.'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/jan/07/david-chaytor-jailed-mps-expenses

Thats great - hopefully we will follow suit. You don't treat the public purse as a slush fund.

Rich
07-01-2011, 02:09 PM
Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, 2001


10.—(1) A person is guilty of an offence if he or she dishonestly, with the intention of making a gain for himself or herself or another, or of causing loss to another—

(a) destroys, defaces, conceals or falsifies any account or any document made or required for any accounting purpose,

(b) fails to make or complete any account or any such document, or

(c) in furnishing information for any purpose produces or makes use of any account, or any such document, which to his or her knowledge is or may be misleading, false or deceptive in a material particular.

(2) For the purposes of this section a person shall be treated as falsifying an account or other document if he or she—

(a) makes or concurs in making therein an entry which is or may be misleading, false or deceptive in a material particular, or

(b) omits or concurs in omitting a material particular therefrom.

(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on conviction on indictment to a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or both.

Just in case the Gardai need reminding.

DCon
02-11-2012, 09:54 PM
Another one found out in the UK

Denis McShane bought 14 laptops and created a ficticous European institute to invoice himself


Former Europe Minister Denis MacShane quit the Commons tonight as he faced the prospect of a new police investigation into his expense claims after submitting 19 false invoices for thousands of pounds.

The Committee on Standards and Privileges today demanded he be suspended from the Commons for a year in a report on what said it was the 'gravest case' it had come across which had not gone to court.

Instead the Rotherham MP resigned with immediate effect saying he wanted to take 'responsibility for my mistakes'.


The committee of MPs condemned Mr MacShane with 'utmost gravity' for submitting false invoices to claim public money which he used to travel around Europe which only 'indirectly' benefited his work as an MP.

'The bills were signed with a “nom de plume” purporting to come from a General Manager who did not in fact exist,' the MPs said.

The cross-party body accused the MP of 'real mischief' because it 'bypassed the checks and controls the House had instituted in a way which enabled Mr MacShane to spend public money as he thought fit'. '

Between 27 January 2005 and 11 January 2008 Mr MacShane submitted 19 invoices from a body called the European Policy Institute (EPI) for work including 'research and translation work as agreed' and 'research and translation consultancy'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226845/MPs-expenses-scandal-Former-Europe-Minister-Denis-MacShane-quits-Parliament-Met-Police-poised-reopen-inquiry-19-fake-invoices-used-claim-12-900-expenses.html#ixzz2B6npXAxP

Captain Con O'Sullivan
03-11-2012, 12:20 PM
Old caper that ... setting up a thinktank or policy organisation which only exists on paper and is in reality a money hoover from publicly diverted funds.

Brendan Halligan must be gutted- he rather foolishly actually has a European thinktank which collects a lot of money in subscriptions and has a 'Comite d'Honneur' (if you please) which reads more like a Wanted list from the Celtic Tiger days.

Still I suppose it has a website and sends out a magazine in return for its thousands in subscriptions it gets from various government departments and other publicly funded organisations.

Stanley 2
03-11-2012, 06:11 PM
Lowry must be breaking his billicks laughing at the English, Callely will be offering consultancy classes.

Slim Buddha
04-11-2012, 05:17 AM
Indeed. Some of our own shysters must be breaking up with the giggles, thanking their lucky stars to be in a country without effective mechanisms to prevent theft of this kind.

By Irish standards, McShane's political career died for chump change.