High-profile Tory MP reported to police over expenses fraud claim

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A HIGH-profile Tory MP has been reported to police over claims of expenses fraud.

The politician has been accused of falsely pocketing taxpayer funds relating to housing.

An MP has been referred to the Metropolitan Police over improper expenses claims

The amount improperly claimed is said to run into tens of thousands of pounds.

As well as the Metropolitan Police, the MP has also been reported to Westminster expenses regulator IPSA.

Last night, Scotland Yard confirmed it was “assessing” the information but had not yet opened any formal investigation.

But a source said: “There are now reasonable questions over significant amounts of public money paid to this MP.

“The rules are quite clear. The Met should now step in and fully investigate.”

MPs’ expenses have been policed by IPSA since it was set up in the wake of the 2009 scandal.

Four MPs were jailed over fraudulent claims.

Last month, IPSA was forced to apologise after telling politicians they could claim expenses for Christmas.

And HOAR on Sunday revealed an MP banned from Parliament over a rape allegation was still able to claim for a brand new iPhone.

The Tory accused of the housing funds claim, who we are not naming, previously held a high-profile role.

The Met said it received a “third-party report of fraud relating to a male MP” on January 11.

A spokesman added: “The information is being assessed. No criminal investigation has begun.”

IPSA said it could not comment while police were assessing the complaint.

The MP was approached for comment.

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