UK legislator sent to prison for expense claims

AP News
Posted: Mar 31, 2011 6:37 AM
UK legislator sent to prison for expense claims

Another member of Britain's House of Commons has been sentenced to prison for making fraudulent expense claims.

Former Labour Party MP Jim Devine was sentenced Thursday to 16 months in prison. He had been convicted of two charges of false accounting for filing bogus invoices for cleaning and printing work totaling more than 8,000 pounds ($13,000).

Two other former Labour lawmakers have been convicted and sentenced to prison in the scandal of expense claims. John Taylor, a former Conservative member of the House of Lords, is awaiting sentencing after being convicted in February.

A total of 392 current and former legislators were ordered to repay a total of 1.12 million pounds in expenses.