05 September 2007

Mote the Scrote gets Nine Months but keeps his seat

MEP Ashley Mote was jailed today for nine months having been convicted of for falsely claiming benefits of more than £65,000. The 71 year old father of two found guilty of 21 offences following a four-week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

The court heard that Mote ran a successful public relations company employing 30 full-time staff until it collapsed in 1990. He then claimed housing and council tax benefits between 1991 and 1993 before finding freelance work in 1995. Mote began to claim benefits again from 1996 but failed to declare income from various enterprises including a cleaning company and gambling on the currency markets.

He was convicted by the jury 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 four further charges. However Mote will retain his seat in Europe because he would only have been disqualified if he had received a term of imprisonment of more than 12 months. Now that IS disgraceful He should have been out on his arse forthwith.



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8 comments:

Shaz said...

This just makes a mockery of the whole system! I'm gob smacked!

jams o donnell said...

It's an utter disgrace that he can still keep his seat. I hope the scumbag diesn't still get paid while in prison.

frolix22 said...

Glad to see our politicians are keeping up their usual standards of probity.

jams o donnell said...

Hmm It horrifies me that he won't be chucked out of the European Parliament. THat is appalling. It erminds me of Archibals Ramsay the Tory MP who was interned during WWII for his pro german sympathies. He still kept his seat.

Sir James Robison said...

Aren't regulations wonderful.

jams o donnell said...

There are some that definitely beggar belief.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Tax Evasion and Tax Fraud.....the tie that binds England and America!

jams o donnell said...

But the sentences are a bit lighter here by looks of it