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Former Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara charged with seven fraud fees

PA wire / PA picturesJared O’Mara stepped down as a Labor MP for Sheffield Hallam in 2019.

Former Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara has been charged with fraud on seven fraud charges, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed.

The prosecutor said the charges against the former Labor MP, who resigned in 2019, relate to allegations that he made fraudulent bills to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Agency (IPSA), Parliament’s spending watchdog, that same year.

O’Mara’s former adjutant Gareth Arnold was also charged with fraud in six cases of misrepresentation in addition to the ex-MP.

The CPS said O’Mara and John Woodliff were also charged with proceeds from crime.

Rosemary Ainslie, CPS Specialist Crime Officer, said: “The CPS made a decision that the three men should be charged after reviewing an evidence file from the South Yorkshire Police Department.

“The CPS reminds all concerned that these defendants are under criminal proceedings and that they have a right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important that there are no reports, comments or exchanges of information online that could interfere with this process in any way.”

O’Mara, Arnold and Woodliff will next appear in Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on September 24th this year.

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