Ex-Ukip MEP to stand trial on money laundering charges
A former Ukip MEP is to stand trial in connection with allegations that she laundered money and committed misconduct in a public office relating to European parliamentary travel expenses.
Nikki Sinclaire, who represented the West Midlands region in Brussels and Strasbourg until 2014, is appearing at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.
The 47-year-old, of Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, is accused of misconduct in a public office between October 1 2009 and July 31 2010 while a serving member of the European Parliament by making or causing to be made false or dishonest claims for travel expenses.
She is further charged between October 14, 2009 and December 31, 2010 of fraudulently transferring criminal property into her bank account.
Sinclaire has denied any wrong-doing, with a trial expected to last three weeks.
A jury is expected to be sworn in, with the case set to open later.
After her election to the European Parliament, Sinclaire left Ukip in 2010 and subsequently lost her seat at the elections two years ago.
She was first arrested over the allegations in February 2012, and was charged in July 2014 following an investigation by police.