British Expense Scandal: Four Lawmakers Face Criminal Charges

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LONDON — Britain's chief prosecutor says four lawmakers will face criminal charges in the country's expense claims scandal.

Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecution, said Friday that three members of the House of Commons and one member of the House of Lords had been charged with offenses including false accounting.

The investigation followed last year's revelation that hundreds of British lawmakers had misused their expense claims. Taxpayers apparently paid to fund lawmakers' expensive second homes and other items such as horse manure, a toilet seat and the cost of a mole catcher.

A report Thursday on the scandal ordered 392 current and former British legislators to repay a total of 1.12 million pounds ($1.7 million).

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