MP Eric Illsley admits to expense fraud, London

The Metropolitan Police Service welcomes today’s guilty pleas that follow a thorough and detailed investigation of Eric Illsley’s parliamentary claims whilst Member of Parliament for Barnsley Central.

Given the number of outstanding trials and investigations relating to other MPs and Lords expenses, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.

Eric Illsley, aged 55, of Westmoor Crescent, Pogmoor, Barnsley,South Yorkshire, has today, Tuesday, 11 January, pleaded guilty to the following counts at Southwark Crown Court:

Count 1

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

False accounting, contrary to section 17(1)(b) of the Theft Act 1968.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ERIC ILLSLEY, between 2 May 2005 and 5 April 2006, dishonestly, with a view to gain for himself or with intent to cause loss to another, in furnishing information for the purpose of making allowance claims produced or made use of documents required for an accounting purpose, namely 12 Form ACA2 claim forms (covering the period April 2005 – March 2006), which to his knowledge were or may have been misleading, false or deceptive in a material particular, in that the claims made under the headings utilities, council tax, telephone and telecommunications, service/maintenance and repairs/insurance/security were in excess of that which was paid.

Count 2

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

False accounting, contrary to section 17(1)(b) of the Theft Act 1968.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ERIC ILLSLEY, between 8 May 2006 and 3 April 2007, dishonestly, with a view to gain for himself or with intent to cause loss to another, in furnishing information for the purpose of making allowance claims produced or made use of documents required for an accounting purpose, namely 12 Form ACA2 claim forms (covering the period April 2006 – March 2007), which to his knowledge were or may have been misleading, false or deceptive in a material particular, in that the claims made under the headings utilities, council tax, telephone and telecommunications, service/maintenance and repairs/insurance/security were in excess of that which was paid.

Count 3

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

False accounting, contrary to section 17(1)(b) of the Theft Act 1968.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ERIC ILLSLEY, between 8 May 2007 and 4 April 2008, dishonestly, with a view to gain for himself or with intent to cause loss to another, in furnishing information for the purpose of making allowance claims produced or made use of documents required for an accounting purpose, namely 12 Form ACA2 claim forms (covering the period April 2007 – March 2008), which to his knowledge were or may have been misleading, false or deceptive in a material particular, in that the claims made under the headings utilities, council tax, telephone and telecommunications, service/maintenance and repairs/insurance/security were in excess of that which was paid.

He will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on a date to be confirmed.

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