MEP jailed for benefit fraud but keeps job!

#1
http://www.guardian.co.uk/crime/article/0,,2162221,00.html

A British MEP was jailed for nine months today for falsely claiming more than £65,000 in benefits.

Ashley Mote, an independent MEP for south-east England who formerly represented Ukip, was found guilty of 21 charges of deception at Portsmouth crown court.

Despite the sentence, Mote will retain his seat in the European parliament. MEPs are only disqualified from office if they receive jails terms of more than 12 months.

Mote, 71, was found guilty of eight charges of false accounting, eight of obtaining a money transfer by deception, four of evading liability and one of failing to notify a change of circumstances. He was acquitted of a further four charges.
Charming!
 
#3

Biped

LE
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#4
Are you suggesting sir, that the European parliament is full of corrupt people, or that the very system itself is not only supportive of corruption, but is itself, corrupt to the core?

How dare you, [slaps with glove], I demand my right to defend the EU!

Ooooh looordy, what is hapenning to me, am I going mad?
 
#5
Biped said:
Are you suggesting sir, that the European parliament is full of corrupt people, or that the very system itself is not only supportive of corruption, but is itself, corrupt to the core?

How dare you, [slaps with glove], I demand my right to defend the EU!

Ooooh looordy, what is hapenning to me, am I going mad?
Absolutely barking.

Now if you wouldn't mind signing the recruiting Sgts form, we'll find somewhere nice and quiet to relax... theres a good fellow.
 
#6
Just how much money is an MEP on that he would need to cheat benefits to get by?

And you need to have a prison term of over a year to be booted out? I supose the guy with kiddie porn on his home or office PC, who gets 9 months for it, knows his job is safe?
 

Biped

LE
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#7
devilish said:
Just how much money is an MEP on that he would need to cheat benefits to get by?

And you need to have a prison term of over a year to be booted out? I supose the guy with kiddie porn on his home or office PC, who gets 9 months for it, knows his job is safe?
Yep. It's not so much having to resign, or being sacked due to disgraceful behaviour and subsequent loss of honour, it's more to do with the amount of time they can reasonably expect you not to be in the office.

9 months, they can live with, but a year? That would look bad.
 
#8
#9
Guardian Unlimited


A British MEP was jailed for nine months today for falsely claiming more than £65,000 in benefits.
Ashley Mote, an independent MEP for south-east England who formerly represented Ukip, was found guilty of 21 charges of deception at Portsmouth crown court.

Despite the sentence, Mote will retain his seat in the European parliament. MEPs are only disqualified from office if they receive jails terms of more than 12 months

This is a total disgrace there should be a new law introduce that if a MEP receives any kind of jail sentence etc they should have not be able to represent this country in the European parliament etc
 
#10
I find it ironic that he is a (ex) member of UKIP. Perhaps he was trying to get us out of Europe by bankrupting the EU?
 
#12
They have given us into the hands of the new unhappy lords,
Lords without anger and honour, who dare not carry their swords.
They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes;
They look at our labour and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.
And the load of their loveless pity is worse than the ancient wrongs,
Their doors are shut in the evenings; and they know no songs.

We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet,
Yet is there no man speaketh as we speak in the street.
It may be we shall rise the last as Frenchmen rose the first,
Our wrath come after Russia's wrath and our wrath be the worst.
It may be we are meant to mark with our riot and our rest
God's scorn for all men governing. It may be beer is best.
But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet.
Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.

G.K. CHESTERTON
 
#13
Same thing happened to an Italien women who´s job it was to control the Eurocrats fraud,the guilty EMP´s got off and the woman got sacked!!

There´s a group of Italians that work I believe as couriers,they work the minimum length of time to get a pension and then go on the sick so that one of their mates from their home town can get their job!At least some of the ordinary people are ripping off the EU and not just the politicians. :twisted:
 

Alsacien

LE
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#14
http://www.ashleymote.co.uk/ tosser.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Mote Its old news 2004, twisted as usual - nothing to do with the EU, UK benefit fraud.

As a footnote, you can only be an MEP if eligible in country of origin - therefore the same rules must apply for UK MP's................bless em.

UKIP removed their whip from Ashley Mote on 15 July 2004 after learning that he faced trial over allegations of housing benefit fraud. Mote failed to advise his party managers of the impending court case, and it only came to their attention when an article appeared in the The Daily Telegraph a few days after the European Union's election.[5] The newspaper reported that he was facing nine charges of false accounting and one of making a false representation. Ashley Mote tried to seek legal immunity from prosecution from the European Union and applied during 2004 to the Legal Committee of the European Parliament for immunity from prosecution. After 7 months' consideration, the Legal Committee adopted the report by Klaus-Heiner Lehne (EPP-ED, DE) proposing that Parliament should waive the immunity, and made a ruling not to give Mote immunity from the criminal proceedings against him.[6]

The criminal proceedings against Mote were taken over by government lawyers in late 2005 from Chichester Distict Council. He somehow managed to get reporting restrictions imposed on the court proceedings. On 17 August 2007 Mote was found guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court on 21 counts - of frauds amounting to £73,000 (€109,500, US$146,000) - and acquitted on four discrete and minor charges brought separately by the Department of Work and Pensions.[7] On September 4 he was sentenced to nine months imprisonment,[8] avoiding suspension of his seat as his sentence was less than the statutory 12month period.
 
#15
For once Id like to hear Svens view on this :roll:
 
#16
Alsacien said:
http://www.ashleymote.co.uk/ tosser.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Mote Its old news 2004, twisted as usual - nothing to do with the EU, UK benefit fraud.

As a footnote, you can only be an MEP if eligible in country of origin - therefore the same rules must apply for UK MP's................bless em.

UKIP removed their whip from Ashley Mote on 15 July 2004 after learning that he faced trial over allegations of housing benefit fraud. Mote failed to advise his party managers of the impending court case, and it only came to their attention when an article appeared in the The Daily Telegraph a few days after the European Union's election.[5] The newspaper reported that he was facing nine charges of false accounting and one of making a false representation. Ashley Mote tried to seek legal immunity from prosecution from the European Union and applied during 2004 to the Legal Committee of the European Parliament for immunity from prosecution. After 7 months' consideration, the Legal Committee adopted the report by Klaus-Heiner Lehne (EPP-ED, DE) proposing that Parliament should waive the immunity, and made a ruling not to give Mote immunity from the criminal proceedings against him.[6]

The criminal proceedings against Mote were taken over by government lawyers in late 2005 from Chichester Distict Council. He somehow managed to get reporting restrictions imposed on the court proceedings. On 17 August 2007 Mote was found guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court on 21 counts - of frauds amounting to £73,000 (€109,500, US$146,000) - and acquitted on four discrete and minor charges brought separately by the Department of Work and Pensions.[7] On September 4 he was sentenced to nine months imprisonment,[8] avoiding suspension of his seat as his sentence was less than the statutory 12month period.
WTF.

Sorry, I meant WTF

Am I understanding this correctly, or is my perception addled by tonight's session on absinthe and Werthers Originals?

Are MEPs able to assert immunity from the UK law?
 
#17
oooo
 
#18
9 Months , of which he will only serve four and half at most , for £65,000 , pretty good return on his investment..... He'd obviously make a good New Labour minister
 
#19
EU suppression of criticism smacks of fascism
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 2:52pm BST 04/07/2001



THE European Court of Justice changed the political climate profoundly this week by ruling that the European Union can suppress criticism to protect its reputation.

Keith Vaz, the Europe minister, dismissed the matter as a minor staff case involving Bernard Connolly, the British whistleblower, with no implications for ordinary EU citizens. But Mr Vaz mixes up two separate cases. One is a staff case, the other is a free speech case going far beyond the issue of whether Connolly broke his contract at the European Commission by writing The Rotten Heart of Europe.

The court ruled that the Commission could restrict criticism that damaged "the institution's image and reputation", and that it could do so by resorting to a legal device used by fascist governments to suppress dissent in the 1920s and 1930s: "the protection of the rights of others". This ECJ ruling defies half a century of case law by Europe's other court, the non-EU Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, as well as resurrecting the ancient offence of "seditious libel" banned by the House of Lords.

The Human Rights Court has ruled repeatedly that governing bodies may not restrict criticism in such a way. Specifically, the term "protection of the rights of others" does not apply to public bodies. Last week's ruling shows that the ECJ (despite paying lip-service) does not consider itself bound by the European Convention on Human Rights, drafted by British lawyers after the Second World War to safeguard liberty in Europe.

This is an extremely serious development because the EU's new Charter of Fundamental Rights extends the ECJ's competence into the area of civil liberties, transforming it from a commercial court dealing with single market issues to a full-fledged supreme court. The ECJ has already begun referring to the charter in its rulings, demolishing the British government's pretence that the document has no more legal status than "the Beano"


Not only are they immune from prosecution, they have criminalised any criticism of the EU under the guise of preventing "Xenophobia"

Pretty soon the EU police will be kicking in our doors for writing in this thread. I sh*t you not.
 
#20
OldTimer said:
9 Months , of which he will only serve four and half at most , for £65,000 , pretty good return on his investment..... He'd obviously make a good New Labour minister
:D And he gets fed for free :D
 

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