UK convicts ex-peer of expenses fraud

AP News
Posted: May 26, 2011 1:23 PM
UK convicts ex-peer of expenses fraud

A British jury has convicted a member of the House of Lords on six counts of expenses fraud.

The jury at Chelmsford Crown Court found Paul White, known as Lord Hanningfiled, guilty after four hours of deliberation for fraudulently claiming 14,000 pounds ($22,900) in expenses between March 2006 and May 2009.

The former pig farmer and Conservative peer had denied the charges, which arose when the scandal over British lawmaker expenses broke, exposing hundreds of legislators who had attempted to bill the public for lavish items including swank second homes, horse manure and pornographic movies.

The 70-year-old White said he was "devastated" by the verdict and that he may file an appeal, insisting as he left court that he did nothing wrong.

He will be sentenced in three weeks.