Margaret Moran spared jail but may be forced to repay expenses

LAST UPDATED: 31 Dec, 2012 @ 07:34
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Margaret Moran spared jail but may be forced to repay expenses

By James Bryce

A DISGRACED former Labour MP who cheated taxpayers out of €65,000 has been spared jail, despite the judge admitting many will feel she has ‘got away with it’.

Margaret Moran, who has a house near Orgiva, was sentenced to supervision and treatment orders after being deemed ‘too ill’ to stand trial.

Her lawyers told Southwark Crown Court she was so ill she could not leave home without being restrained, despite just weeks ago being spotted enjoying a glass of wine in the pub.

However the 57-year-old may still be forced to pay the money back after prosecutors confirmed they may take civil action against her to reclaim it.

Moran forged invoices for goods and services that did not exist and claimed nearly her entire annual allowance in one bogus expense entry.

“There will inevitably be feelings among some that Mrs Moran has ‘got away with it’,” said Mr Justice Saunders in his ruling.

“What the court has done and has to do is to act in accordance with the law of the land and on the basis of the evidence that it hears.

“All the evidence in the case was that she was unfit to plead, If I had reached any other conclusion my decision would have been perverse and would inevitably have been successfully appealed.”

The former Luton South MP previously failed in a bid to sue the Olive Press after we revealed she had used official House of Commons notepaper to order neighbours off her estate near Granada.

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  1. Watch closely. This may be one of those strange cases of mental illness, so far not reported in the Medical Journals, which can be cured with a glass or two of champagne. If so, I hope the Olive Press are able expose it. Watch the Estate.

  2. I was at Birmingham University, where Margaret Moran read sociology, and a friend told me that she was a stalwart of the Guild Dramatic Society.
    Apparently, one of her finest performances was of a depressed old woman is some play of the 1960s.

    Might explain why she managed to fool the judge plus assorted psychiatrists ( mind you, they’re not the brightest bunch at med school ).

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