Boris Johnson's former Deputy, Ian Clement has been charged with five counts of fraud, the Metropolitan Police confirmed this afternoon.
According to a statement issued by Scotland Yard:
"Ian Clement, age 44 (DOB **.*.**), from Crayford, Kent, has this morning been charged with five offences under section 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act in connection with alleged misuse of expenses.The referral was made to police by the Greater London Authority on 24 June 2009 and the charge was placed after consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service."
The investigation began after Clement was accused of using a City Hall credit card to pay for meals with his lover and former colleagues at Bexley Council.
Some of the other guests listed at these 'business meetings' have denied ever being present.
The purchases cover a period of almost a year, and were for several months signed off by Boris Johnson.
Clement also misused his credit card at Bexley Council, although they have decided not to refer the matter to the police.
Clement's lawyer told the Bexley Times
“Mr Clement is surprised and saddened that the CPS should have felt that prosecution was appropriate."He has co-operated fully with the investigation, which relates to five meal expense claims which have a total value of £227.00."In the context of other, and far more significant, investigations it is a matter of regret that political expediency appears to be present."He added: "Given that proceedings have been brought it is inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
Clement has been released on bail and will appear before Westminster Magistrates on September 8.
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