Ex-Ukip MEP Ashley Mote jailed for five years after ‘milking Brussels expenses cash cow to the limit’ in £500,000 fraud
79-year-old submitted bogus claims as he neared end of his time as MEP
Used the money to fund his court battles over benefits fraud prosecution
Judge tells Mote: ‘The consistency of your dishonesty is breathtaking’
By MATT CHORLEY, POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE
13 July 2015
A former Ukip MEP was today accused of ‘breathtaking dishonesty’ as a judge jailed him for five years for a £500,000 expenses fraud.
Ashley Mote, 79, submitted bogus claims for his European Parliament allowances, which were supposed to be for work that organisations had carried out on his behalf.
He used the money to fund his court battles in the UK after he was prosecuted for a previous benefits fraud.
The politician dishonestly obtained approximately 355,000 euros and £184,000 of allowances to which he was not entitled.
Mote, of Binsted, Hampshire, was sentenced to a total of five years imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court today.
The married father-of-two was a Ukip MEP for the South East of England from 2004 to 2009.
Farage and Ashley Mote (second from right)
The court heard that as he neared the end of his time in Brussels he milked the expenses ‘cash cow to the limit’.
Mr Justice Stuart Smith said Mote had ‘lied, protested, lied and lied again’ during his trial.
‘Your greed and dishonesty were matched only by your hypocrisy, because while this was going on you carried out a high profile campaign condemning corruption and the improper use of public money in the very institution from which you were leeching it.’
In a damning verdict on the former politician, the judge added: ‘You knew perfectly well what the rules were for the claiming of expenses and you also knew perfectly well that what you were doing had nothing to do with funding whistleblowers and everything to do with funding your bridging loan, your mortgage, your legal expenses that were unrelated to your role as an MEP.
‘You abused your position of trust as an elected representative and you abused the trust that the European Parliament placed in you, consistently making false statements in the knowledge that the institutions trusted their MEPs to be reliable and honest.
‘Along the way you deceived people who shared your declared political ideals and even considered you to be something of a political hero.
‘You are, as was said by the trial judge when you were convicted of substantial benefits fraud in 2007, a thoroughly dishonest man.
‘The consistency of your dishonesty is breathtaking.’
Mr Justice Smith said: ‘As you came towards the end of your time as an MEP you decided to milk what you saw as your cash cow to the limit.’
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Because the institutions of the European Union, including its rubber stamp ‘parliament’, are notoriously corrupt and designed to be so, does it justify individual MEPs’ and their parties’ own dishonesty?
Of course not. The EU and its ‘parliament’ has no money of its own. Fraud by MEPs is not a victimless crime. The victims are you and me, the taxpayers and citizens of the countries these crooks are meant to represent.
This case typifies the gross hypocrisy that is in the DNA of UKIP. ‘People’s Army’ indeed! The leadership of this ostensibly anti-EU party, whose representatives become millionaires through election to one of its corrupt institutions, is unlikely to want Britain to leave the EU when it comes to the crunch.
Would they help to kill the goose that lays the golden egg for them? I think we all know the answer. Just look at the calibre of the individuals they select to represent their party in Brussels and Strasbourg. Some are the children or grandchildren of immigrants, some the spouses of immigrants, but all put their bank balance before the good of the country.
If Farage had managed to secure his personal position by becoming an MP then perhaps things might have been different. But, as we know, despite all the help of his rich friends and backers in the media, he failed to be elected.
And the undemocratic and Anglophobic UKIP leadership shamefully treat genuine British nationalists as pariahs, debarring us from membership! This fact alone is incontrovertible proof of their bad faith. They should hang their heads in shame – if they were capable of feeling shame.
The judge in this case has gone easy on Mr Mote, partly on account of his age but partly also, no doubt, because his political affiliation is acceptable in the eyes of the Establishment. Were any genuine nationalist convicted of similar offences it would be a very different story. Instead of a comfortable open prison, such as HMP Ford, they would probably be sent somewhere more secure and much less like an expensive spa or country club.
What’s the betting Mr Mote will not serve even half of his lenient five year sentence? I predict early release on medical grounds. Ernest Saunders, of Guinness affair infamy, has shown how it’s done.
Coming soon (19 October): another high profile ex-UKIP MEP in the dock accused of expenses fraud. This one regaled a session of the European ‘parliament’ with gossip about the private life of Nigel Farage [yawn].
Farage and friend – in happier times
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