Former MEP Ashley Mote charged with fraud offences

Ashley Mote at the European Parliament"s first full session of the year on January 15, 2006. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Ashley Mote resigned as an MEP in 2009, prior to the European elections

A former MEP for South East England has been charged with fraud offences and misconduct in public office.

Ashley Mote, 78, who sat as an independent after being thrown out of UKIP, faces nine charges allegedly committed between 2004 and 2009.

They include obtaining a money transfer by deception, fraud by false representation, false accounting, and receiving the proceeds of crime.

Mr Mote, of Binsted, Hampshire, will appear before magistrates next month.

He was an MEP at the time of the alleged offences, but resigned his seat in 2009 prior to the European elections.

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