UK lawmaker quits over expense claims fraud

A House of Commons legislator says he is quitting Parliament after pleading guilty to dishonestly claiming about 14,000 pounds in expense payments.

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 00:03 AM IST

London: A House of Commons legislator says
he is quitting Parliament after pleading guilty to dishonestly
claiming about 14,000 pounds (USD 22,000) in expense payments.

Eric Illsley, 55, said today he would step down as a
lawmaker, which will trigger a special election in the
Barnsley Central district of northern England.

Illsley pleaded guilty yesterday to three charges of
false accounting. He will be sentenced next month. If the
sentence was 12 months or longer, he would have been expelled
from Parliament.

Prosecutors said he dishonestly claimed expense
payments for insurance, repairs, utility bills and taxes.

Illsley`s prosecution follows revelations in 2009 that
politicians billed the public for items including horse manure
and pornographic movies.

PTI