An investigation by the Fraud Squad has led to the dropping of charges against an MP who defrauded tens of thousands in expenses as 'not being in the public interest'.
Jeff Tune was found to be falsely claiming expenses by mis-declaring where he lived. He defrauded the taxpayer of tens of thousands of pounds.
Tony McNulty, Minister of State of Employment and Welfare Reform, said: "Benefit thieves have to understand that they will not get away with it. Working together with local authorities and the police we have a range of powers to investigate and with the support of the public we bring benefit thieves to justice. “This is an excellent example of our success at tackling benefit theft when we work closely with other agencies such as Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, the police and our partners in local authorities.”
Bridget Prentice, a Minister of State at the Department of Justice, said: "Unfortunately, it's human nature for people to forget details such as where they live or who lives with them or what they're entitled to, and MPs should not be penalised for having made honest mistakes, even if they have cost the taxpayer millions."
Charges against Tune of false accounting, contrary to section 17 (1) (1b) of the Theft Act 1968 and of obtaining money transfers by deception, also contrary to the Theft Act 1968, were dropped as 'not being in the public interest'.