6 Feb 2010

Four British politicians charged over expenses

4:14 pm on 6 February 2010

Four British politicians charged with abusing the parliamentary expenses claims system all deny wrongdoing and say they'll fight to clear their names.

Three Labour MPs and one Conservative from the House of Lords have been charged.

One of them, Labour's Jim Devine, says he's innocent and has already been cleared by the police.

A report into the widespread abuse of expenses this week said 390 current and former MPs had to pay back some of money they'd claimed in expenses.

After revelations about expenses claims emerged in May last year, the police investigated a small number of cases under the Theft Act, the BBC reports.

If convicted, the four accused men could be jailed for up to seven years.