Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Chaytor, Devine, Morley and Hanningfield: The Filthy Four

Straight after the news of Woolas getting his comeuppance the Supreme Court have now ruled that The Filthy Four must stand trial. The down side is that it will cost you and me, the taxpayers, around £1m as for some inexplicable reason, they qualify for legal aid. Hanninfield has not claimed legal aid. Here's what they are accused of:


Accused of 'falsely claiming a furnishing allowance' after claiming more than £30,000 expenses for a mortgage he had already paid.

He claimed £16,000 at £800 a month in mortgage interest between March 2006 and November 2007.

A second charge alleges that between April 2004 and February 2006 Morley made a further false mortgage interest claim.

Again he is accused of claiming £800 a month, a total overpayment of £14,428.67.


Accused of falsely claiming expenses in March 2009 after submitting two misleading invoices for printing services worth £5,505.

Also charged with dishonestly claiming allowances for repair, insurance or security between July 2008 and May 2009 by submitting false invoices for services, cleaning and maintenance of £3,240.


Accused of providing false information on an allowances form under the Theft Act 1968 after claiming £18,000 for rent he paid to himself.

He falsely claimed £12,925 in rent between September 2005 and August 2006 for a London flat when he was the owner of the premises.

Between August 2007 and January 2008 he also rented a cottage at taxpayers' expense at a rate of £775 a month from his mother Olive Trickett. He pocketed £5,425.

Also accused of filing two invoices for computer IT services worth £975 in 2006.


Faces six charges relating to false travel expenses claims. He is alleged to have claimed Lords overnight allowances in London when he had actually returned to his Essex home.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between March 2006 and April 2009.
From the Mail Online.

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