House of Commons official jailed for fraud

Posted: October 1, 2010 in Law & Disorder

Andrew Gibson, House of Commons official, was yesterday jailed for nine months after siphoning off nearly £6,000 in fake MPs’ expenses claims.

Gibson admitted drawing up false invoices in the names of three former MPs following the 2005 general election and paying the cash into the bank account of his friend Toni Pomfret.

The court heard Gibson owed Pomfret around £6,000 and had decided to “let the MPs pay for it” or in reality ‘the taxpayer’. Gibson, of Limehouse, east London, admitted three charges of obtaining money transfers, worth £1,880, £2,115 and £1,880, by deception.

Pomfret, a rail ticket inspector of Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, was jailed for six months after admitting three counts of acquiring criminal property. The court heard that the offences came to light following an inquiry into the Daily Telegraph’s revelations about MPs’ expenses.

IliePCSOs, a waste of taxpayers money?

In 2008/9 Hampshire PCSOs detected 90 crimes and issued 124 fixed penalty notices.

Figures break down to a cost of £156,000 for each crime detected and £63,934 for each fine handed out by the 330 PCSOs, who were paid an average of £23,636 a year.

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