A FORMER MP who tried to sue the Olive Press claimed €75,000 of fraudulent expenses, a court has heard.
In a case described by the judge as ‘highly unusual’, Margaret Moran was not present in court after being deemed not fit to stand trial due to depression.
The former Labour MP faces 21 charges, including 15 of false accounting and six of using false instruments such as forged invoices.
The 57-year-old allegedly forged invoices for goods which didn’t exist, including a boiler and central heating system for a kitchen that was never installed.
Some of the claims relate to allegations that she ‘flipped’ her address in order to claim expenses she was not entitled to.
Others relate to non-existent utility bills, building work that was never carried out and claiming expenses for personalised Christmas and birthday cards.
Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, said that Moran claimed more than €75,000 in taxpayer-funded expenses ‘which enabled her to receive over €66,000 to which she was not entitled’, during the hearing at Southwark Crown Court.
The former Luton South MP, who stood down at the 2010 election, had 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 Orgiva.