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Retired Ukip Elected MEP Ashley Mote Guilty Of Fraud.

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 15/05/2015

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Retired MEP Ashley Mote, Elected by Ukip, found Guilty around £500K of Of Fraud.

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Former Ukip MEP Ashley Mote convicted of fraudulently claiming £500,000 in expensesHe submitted false claims for work that was never carried out
Lizzie Dearden

Friday 15 May 2015

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A disgraced MEP is facing a possible jail sentence after being found guilty of fraudulently claiming almost £500,000 in expenses from the European Parliament.

Former Ukip member Ashley Mote, 79, went on to use the ill-gotten gains to fund his lengthy court battles, Southwark Crown Court heard.

He was convicted of 12 fraud-related offences between 2004 and 2010 today following a month-long trial and will be sentenced at a later date.

Mr Justice Stuart Smith released Mote on bail but warned of a likely prison sentence. European Union flags are pictured outside the European Commission building on October 24, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium Mote fraudulently claimed almost half a million pounds in expenses from the European Parliament

“He must appreciate that there is a very strong likelihood that a custodial sentence will follow,” the judge said.

Mote, of Binsted in Hampshire, was found guilty of four counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception, three of false accounting, two of fraud, and one each of acquiring criminal property, concealing criminal property and theft.

The prosecution claimed that the disgraced politician, who represented the South East of England, submitted numerous false claims for parliamentary assistance allowance to pay for work he claimed was carried out on his behalf.He also dishonestly obtained approximately €355,000 (£260,000) and £184,000 of allowances that he was not entitled to.

Jurors heard that two of the organisations he claimed were working on his behalf had previously campaigned against UK membership of the EU. Nigel Farage giving a speech during an earlier sitting of the European Parliament Mote was thrown out of Nigel Farage’s party before he took his seat in the European Parliament

But the Better Off Out Fund (Boof) and Direct Action Resistance To Tyranny (Dartt) never actually did any work for Mote, the court heard.

He made claims of £16,000 against Boof and £54,000 in relation to Dartt.

Between 2004, when he was elected as a Ukip candidate, and 2009, Mote claimed a total of £750,000 in parliamentary assistance allowance, including legitimate reimbursements.

Mote never represented Ukip in the European Parliament. Shortly before he took up his seat in 2004 he was thrown out of Nigel Farage’s party because he was being prosecuted by the Department for Work and Pensions for benefit fraud.

He sat as an independent MEP until 2009, when he decided not to stand for re-election.

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Ashley Mote has personally mailed me his loosely worded refutation of the judgement as delineated in the rather shoddy report above, which is as follows:
Statement from Ashley Mote following trial at Southwark Crown Court15 May 2015

The verdicts against me, delivered after the jury’s lunch and deliberations lasting a mere 90 minutes or so, surprised and shocked me and my legal team.

The trial lasted a full four weeks. It was overwhelmed by hundreds of pages of detailed numerical analysis, much of it disputed. In the end, my five successive days of cross-examination and all the defence evidence and rebuttal counted for nothing. It was obviously ignored.

I am advised we have good grounds for an appeal, and work is starting on it immediately. Meanwhile, the judge has called for reports.

As my many supporters already know, I spent five years after my unexpected election to the European Parliament in 2004 fighting tirelessly towards the UK leaving the EU lunatic asylum, and meanwhile trying to protect the interests of constituents in SE England. Millions of Brits want the UK’s independence and freedom as a global trading nation restored. That was my aim, too.

As my eBook memoirs A Mote in Brussels’ Eye prove in great detail, I was increasingly supported in Brussels by a growing number of bureaucrats turned whistle-blowers, and others, who wanted the EU’s institutionalised corruption and mismanagement cleaned up. During those five years I spent enormous amounts of time and money pursuing that aim. The jury heard little of it.

Despite being based on my daily diary, the book itself was not allowed as evidence in court, except a few specific extracts relating to previous evidence.

This was a huge handicap, as were two other obstacles put in my way by the current judicial system. Despite being 79 and with serious, medically diagnosed, memory problems, I was not permitted to use notes in the witness box. Even worse was the prosecution’s freedom to use my court case in 2007, when the EU tried to exploit a legal situation to unseat me, as evidence against me in this case, too. I have effectively been tried twice on the issue of my benefit claim when I was out of work 20 years ago.

Together with the understandable current climate of cynicism against anyone in politics, with hindsight these factors combined to make a successful defence virtually impossible.

Surprised at the outcome? Yes. Bitter at the current judicial system? Yes. Beaten? No.

I was not in the court and did not follow this trial closely, however I did feel that a guilty verdict was inevitable when I first read the details of the charges. Ashley’s crime would seem to have been based largely on arrogance and the claim that he was entitled to use public funds to both defend and prosecute in the courts, just because he was an MEP!
The benefits claims made by Ashley were made prior to his election to public office so it seemed unreasonable that he was entitled to use his office to fund defence of these allegations from the public purse in the manner a defence could be mounted for allegations of an offence whilst in office that might be described as resultant from his office.
It would seem, from the verdict that I was right in my assumption and thus it seems that as night follows day a guilty verdict on the ancilliary charges would follow.
As a friend who has known Ashley since long before his election and rise to prominence I find it unfortunate that he finds himself in this situation, but leave judgement to the courts who have heard the evidence and studied the facts, though would caution that the courts are not always right!
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Ex Ukip MEP Facing Further Criminal Charges

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 13/10/2014

Ex Ukip MEP Facing Further Criminal Charges
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Ex Ukip MEP Ashley Mote is Facing Further Criminal Charges including ‘Misconduct in Public Office‘, ‘Fraud’ etc. amounting to 9 charges, to be heard at Westminster Magistrates Court on 03-Nov-2014.

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having observed some very questionable decisions of the CPS over recent times and the abject failure of OLAF in the EU and CPS in Britain to bring to book criminals in public office – be they the likes of MEP Giles Chichester who used somewhere in excess of £100K from the public purse to fund his ‘Letts’ diary business, the failure to prosecute Nigel Farage and his cronies for what seems to be abuse of office, self enrichment, the enrichment of their low life cronies thus bringing the body politic into disrepute, the failure to prosecute Ukip MEP Derek Clark for abuse of office and misuse of somewhere between £35K & £100K, nor prosecution of Ukip MEPs Stuart Agnew, Nigel Farage, Jeffrey Titford, David Bannerman, Graham Booth and probably others for both known and publicly identified misuse of public funding – not to mention what would seem to be a number of ‘stitch ups’ endorsed by The CPS.
Yet there has also been a serial failure on the part of The CPS structure to bring to Court and prosecute a considerable number of police officers who have been involved in various crimes not least of which have been numerous outrageous murders!
Hence I am sure readers will understand why I am more than a little sceptical of the integrity of the 9 charges brought against Ashley Mote the ex Ukip MEP!I make no claims of innocence for Ashley Mote relative to these charges as The CPS has all too often over egged their claims and a great deal more details are required before any responsible judgement of the claims can be made.
I wonder will this be just another crass series of claims cobbled together from lies, inuendo and misrepresentation as would seem the case against Jasna Badsak and that against Nikki Sinclaire where it would seem corruption of due process has played a significant part in the hands of what would seem to be corrupt police and dubious judiciary too closely associated with Ukip and other parties in the case yet lacking the integrity to prorogue themselves!
One is forced to wonder why some are harassed and persecuted over paltry sums, eg Badzak £2K and Sinclaire less than £15K (in reality at most around £8K alleged!) whilst others never face prosecution over infinitely larger sums purloined?
Is this what British Justice has debased itself to under the influence of EU Corpus Juris?
Let us see more details regarding the claims against the retired 78 year old Ashley Mote so long after the offences would seem to be alleged
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Ex-MEP charged with fraud offences and misconduct in public office

13/10/2014

Zoe Martin, of the CPS Special Crime Division said, “The CPS has today issued charges against Ashley Mote of obtaining a money transfer by deception, fraud by false representation, false accounting, receiving the proceeds of crime and misconduct in public office. We have decided there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

“Ashley Mote will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 3 November 2014.

“A decision has also been made that no further action will been taken in relation to a second individual who was investigated for offences of obtaining money transfer by deception, false accounting and fraud by false representation, as there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction. In addition no further action will be taken against two other individuals who were investigated for offences of money laundering.

“These decisions were taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

“May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant have been commenced and of his right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.

“Any decision by the CPS does not imply any finding concerning guilt or criminal conduct; the CPS makes decisions only according to the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors and it is applied in all decisions on whether or not to prosecute.”

Note:

The CPS’s function is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for the criminal court to consider. The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

This assessment is based on the evidence available arising out of the police investigation and not on the evidence that is likely to be gathered by the defence, and likely to be used to test the prosecution evidence. The CPS charging decision is therefore necessarily an assessment on the basis of the evidence that is available to the CPS at the time the decision is made.

CPS prosecutors must also keep every case under review, so that they take account of any change in circumstances that occurs as the case develops, including what becomes known of the defence case. If appropriate, the CPS may change the charges or stop a case.

Details of the full charges:

Ashley Mote

  • Charge 1: Misconduct in public office, contrary to Common Law
  • Charge 2: Acquiring criminal property, contrary to section 329 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Charge 3: Obtaining a money transfer by deception, contrary to section 15A of the Theft Act 1968
  • Charge 4: False accounting, contrary to section 17(1)(a) of the Theft Act 1968
  • Charge 5: Obtaining a money transfer by deception, contrary to section 15A of the Theft Act 1968
  • Charge 6: Obtaining a money transfer by deception, contrary to section 15A of the Theft Act 1968
  • Charge 7: False accounting, contrary to section 17(1)(a) of the Theft Act 1968
  • Charge 8: False accounting, contrary to section 17(1)(a) of the Theft Act 1968
  • Charge 9: Fraud, contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006

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#0688* – UKIP & A Brief Roundup of Corruption!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 07/11/2011

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UKIP & A Brief Roundup of Corruption!

Be it the corruption of UKIP’s Leadership and parasites
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Watson Slams UKIP’s Embracing of Corruption
November 2, 2011 11:31 AM

Liberal Democrat MEP for the South West Sir Graham Watson has slammed UKIP’s decision to appoint the disgraced former Tory MP Neil Hamilton onto their National Executive Committee.

‘Hamilton has the audacity to claim that he wishes to restore self-respect to Britain. Pot calling the kettle black is all I can say to him.’

‘UKIP are not new to corrupt figures within their organisation. Former UKIP MEP Tom Wise was sent to prison for 2 years for spending over £35,000 on cars and wine at the tax payer’s expense. Another MEP Ashley Mote was jailed for 9 months for falsely claiming over £65,000 in state benefits. I thought they would have learnt their lesson but clearly not.’

‘How can they ever be taken seriously when figures such as Hamilton occupy key positions within the party?’

Hamilton was embroiled in the ‘cash for questions’ scandal in 1994 in which it was reported that Neil Hamilton had accepted money by the then Harrods owner Mohammed Al-Fayed to ask questions in the House of Commons. Following a campaign by anti-sleaze campaigner Martin Bell, Neil Hamilton was heavily defeated in the 1997 general election.

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To which I have responded on various blogs and forums:

Hi,

it is sad to find one is forced to agree in the main with a low life as duplicitous and odious as Graham Watson!

Graham Watson writes of himself on his own blog CLICK HERE:
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Unfortunately in principle he is accurate, though he is rarely accurate in his betrayal of these United Kingdoms and his behaviour is largely unprincipled relative to The EU!

One need only look at the low life and liars on UKIP’s NEC to realise that not only will Hamilton feel at home amongst the collective claque of sycophants and fantasists on their NEC – There is not a single solitary individual elected to UKIP NEC that has the integrity ethics and morality that one could reasonably expect to run a whelk stall.

The patently self serving – fantasists and liars like Douglas Denny CLICK HERE & the corrupt and dishonest Mick McGough CLICK HERE I note Gerard Batten is currently involved in a Court Case regarding his racist anti Islamic hate behaviour CLICK HERE – Mark Croucher is facing potential bankruptcy, having defaulted on a Court order and owing me £12.1/2K for his dishonesty CLICK HERE – Annabelle Fuller was fortunate not to be prosecuted for stealing a Blackberry and a House of Commons Pass as reported in the press (probably she was well enough known as irrelevant trash) CLICK HERE – The list of low lifes and nere do wells in UKIP’s Leadership sadly shows them in their true light.

UKIP are on virtually every count unfit for purpose – it could be argued that their ONLY asset is Nigel Farage’s abilities as a salesman when he is on form!

That the likes of Graham Watson can so readily expose the corruption of Farage’s chosen people shows why UKIP hold less than 30 positions of little or no relevance out of the 19,500 available!

Another individual salaried to betray these United Kingdoms is Richard Corbett whose constituents kicked him out of office for his anti UK views and betrayal to The EU only to see him rehired as a goffer and spokesman for the malign EU and its odious unelected apparatchick Herman von Rumpy! Corbett’s blog is a study in 1/2 truths and spin see CLICK HERE

At a time when there is such a huge need for a party with the ability to show vision, leadership, an exit and survival strategy and at least SOME ability to act with probity, honesty, integrity, gravitas and some sense of dignity – UKIP are so very EU styled they show none of these values and are very alien to the the ethics of the peoples of these United Kingdoms aspire to!

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