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Disgraced UK MEP Faces Criminal Probe

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TEHRAN, March 27 (ICANA) – A disgraced former British MEP has been ordered to pay back £345,000 in “unjustified” expenses and could face a criminal probe.
Sunday, March 27, 2011 2:01:57 PM
Disgraced UK MEP Faces Criminal Probe

Den Dover, who represented the North West England region, was an MEP from 1999 to 2009 when he misused the money to pay a family company, European judges have ruled.

Dover was kicked out from the Conservative Party in November 2008 for gross misconduct after the European Parliament demanded repayment of £345,000 in illegal claims.

The money included £100,000 for three cars, £100,000 for rent and renovation costs for Dover's office - part of his Hertfordshire home - £89,000 for postage and stationery, £21,000 in telephone services, £17,500 in “entertainment expenses” and £15,000 for office supplies.

He stood down at the 2009 European elections and launched an appeal in the European Court against a decision by the European Parliament administrators to seek the return of the cash.

The 72-year-old has denied any wrongdoing.

Despite being convicted, Dover will continue to get his £235,000 MEP's pension for his 10 years' service, which is being paid for by the British taxpayer through the Cabinet Office.

North West MEP Chris Davies called for a British police investigation into Dover's misconduct.

“Dover treated the European Parliament like a private piggy bank and let greed overtake honor. I am calling on the police to investigate whether Dover's actions were fraudulent and warrant criminal prosecution,” he said.

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