Brexit & EconomyPoliticsLabour politicians facing false accounting charges

Labour politicians facing false accounting charges

Seven-year jail threat in new charge

Labour Party politicians caught up in the ‘cash for honours’ scandal could be
jailed for up to seven years if convicted of a more serious charge of false
accounting, the Sunday Telegraph has learned.

It is alleged that some policians have made themselves open to the charge
because they kept details of £14m of loans secret from Jack Dromey, the party
treasurer.

The case relates to people who lent money to the party and who were then
subsequently nominated for Labour Party peerages.

According to the paper, a fresh report, which includes this charge, has now
been sent by Scotland Yard investigators to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The offence of false accounting carries a maximum penalty of seven years’
imprisonment.

The politicians could be charged under the offence for destroying, defacing,
concealing or falsifying any account or any record or document made or required
for any accounting purpose.

At least 48 people have been questioned by police, with three arrested and
bailed. 

All those arrested and questioned deny acting illegally.

Related Articles

5 key takeaways from Theresa May’s Florence speech

Brexit 5 key takeaways from Theresa May’s Florence speech

3m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
UK at risk of Brexit talent brain-drain

People Practice UK at risk of Brexit talent brain-drain

4m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Brexit essentials: this week's round-up

Politics Brexit essentials: this week's round-up

4m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Government publishes post-Brexit customs arrangements policy paper

Politics Government publishes post-Brexit customs arrangements policy paper

4m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Italy grants first successful non-dom status application to former UK non-dom

Personal Tax Italy grants first successful non-dom status application to former UK non-dom

5m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Increased government spending partly offset by high tax revenue

Governance Increased government spending partly offset by high tax revenue

5m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Less than a third of UK businesses have made formal Brexit plans

Politics Less than a third of UK businesses have made formal Brexit plans

5m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Nicky Morgan elected Chair of the Treasury Committee

Politics Nicky Morgan elected Chair of the Treasury Committee

5m Alia Shoaib, Reporter