Simon Orme, Specialist Lawyer with the CPS Special Crime Division, said: â€œThe CPS has authorised West Midlands Police to charge Ms Nicole Sinclaire, former MEP for the West Midlands, with the offences of money laundering and misconduct in public office.
â€œIt is alleged that between October 2009 and July 2010, whilst serving as an MEP, Ms Sinclaire used funds paid into her bank account by the European Parliament in respect of false travelling expenses claims.
â€œMs Sinclaire has also been charged with Misconduct in a Public Office with regard to her actions.
â€œThe decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.
â€œCriminal proceedings have now commenced and Ms Sinclaire has the 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.â€
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: â€œWest Midlands Policeâ€™s Economic Crime Unit has today [Wednesday, 23 July] formally charged former MEP Nicole Sinclaire with misconduct in public office and money laundering.
â€œMs Sinclaire is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 17 September where she will hear claims that she made false and dishonest submissions for travelling expenses and transferred the proceeds of fraud through a bank account in her name.
â€œThe offences are alleged to have taken place between 1 October 2009 and 31 July 2010 when Ms Sinclaire was a serving Member of the European Parliament.
â€œThe 45-year-old, of Velsheda Road, Shirley, was originally arrested on 22 February 2012 and has since been on police bail. Three other members of the public were also arrested but will face no further action.
â€œThroughout the investigationÂ West Midlands Police has been working jointly with officers from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).â€