Ex-UK minister pleads guilty over expenses charges

AP News
Posted: Apr 07, 2011 12:09 PM
Ex-UK minister pleads guilty over expenses charges

An ex-government minister has pleaded guilty over the largest bogus claim exposed in Britain's lawmaker expense check scandal.

Elliot Morley on Thursday pleaded guilty to two charges of false accounting over bills worth 32,000 pounds ($53,000).

The 58-year-old Morley was charged over mortgage payments on a loan that had already been paid off, and had submitted the largest fraudulent claim.

Morley, an environment minister in Tony Blair's government, chose not to run for Parliament last year.

A total of 392 current and former legislators were ordered to repay about 1.12 million pounds ($1.8 million) following an investigation into the scandal.

Morley's lawyer James Sturman said the ex-lawmaker expects to be jailed when he is sentenced.