Chaytor 'submitted bogus invoices'

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David Chaytor made false expenses claims in order to 'siphon off' public money to which he was not entitled, a court heard

A former Labour MP made false Parliamentary expenses claims in order to “siphon off” public money to which he was not entitled, a court has heard.

David Chaytor, 61, submitted bogus invoices to support claims totalling £22,650 for IT consultancy work and renting homes in London and his Bury North constituency.

But in fact the properties were owned by him and his mother, and he never paid out any of his own money, Southwark Crown Court was told.

Chaytor, of Lumbutts, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, is facing jail after pleading guilty last month to three counts of false accounting.

The House of Commons fees office paid him £18,350 of the amount he falsely claimed, which he has pledged to repay in full.

It emerged in court that the former MP is facing a large bill for both his defence and the costs of bringing the prosecution against him.

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, said Chaytor submitted claims totalling £15,275 and was paid £12,925 for renting Flat 152 in Hide Tower, Regency Street, near Westminster, central London.

But it turned out that he and his wife had bought the property in 1999, two years after he was first elected MP for Bury North, and paid off the mortgage on it in 2003.

Chaytor also falsely claimed £5,425 between September 2007 and January 2008 for renting a cottage in Castle Street in Summerseat, near Bury, Lancashire.

A police investigation later revealed that this house was owned by his elderly mother, Olive Trickett. She had lived in the cottage for about 40 years before her dementia meant she had to move to a local care home in May 2007, the court heard.

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