Expenses cheat MP to be sentenced

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Former Labour MP David Chaytor is to be sentenced for making false parliamentary expenses claims

Former Labour MP David Chaytor faces jail when he is sentenced for making false parliamentary expenses claims.

Chaytor, 61, became the first politician convicted over the expenses scandal when he pleaded guilty last month to three counts of false accounting totalling £18,350.

One of the charges relates to £5,425 he falsely claimed between September 2007 and January 2008 for renting a house owned by his mother in Castle Street, Bury, Lancashire.

He admitted he did not pay her and would anyway not have been allowed to claim for leasing a property from a family member. His mother, who was in a home and suffering from Alzheimer’s at the time, has since died.

Chaytor also admitted making false claims for £12,925 between November 2005 and September 2006 for renting a flat in Regency Street, near Westminster, central London, which it turned out he owned.

A fake tenancy agreement said he was paying £1,175 a month rent for the property.

The third charge relates to falsely charging £1,950 for IT support services in May 2006, although the money was never paid to the former MP. The charge said Chaytor supplied two invoices from a man named Paul France “when in fact the services had not been provided or charged for”.

Chaytor, of Lumbutts, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, initially denied the charges, but he changed his plea at the Old Bailey on December 3 ahead of a trial.

He was released on bail to be sentenced in Court 1 at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

Chaytor, a former lecturer who is married with three children, faces up to seven years in jail but his guilty pleas mean the judge can reduce his sentence by a third.

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