5th Dec, 2016

Ex-UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire gives evidence in expenses fraud trial

Sarah Mason 7th Jul, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A FORMER MEP who denies making fake expense claims has given evidence in court this week.

Nikki Sinclaire is accused of claiming for car journeys across Europe, when she flew for less money than claimed.

She told Birmingham Crown Court that expenses were dealt with by staff who knew passwords for her email and credit cards, .

The 47-year-old from Shirley accepted she signed-off many of the ten incorrect claims but said she had not done so dishonestly.

Ms Sinclaire told the court she went herself to the EU anti-fraud unit and the police when she realised all was not right with her claims.

Ms Sinclaire denies laundering money and committing misconduct in a public office, while representing the West Midlands for UKIP.

The case continues.