Jared O’Mara: Former MP jailed over £52,000 fraud to pay drug debton February 9, 2023 at 1:47 pm

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Jared O’Mara is jailed for four years after fraudulently trying to claim about £52,000 in taxpayer money.

Jared O'MaraImage source, South Yorkshire Police

A former MP who tried to claim £24,000 of taxpayers’ money to help fund his cocaine habit has been jailed.

Jared O’Mara sent fake invoices to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), the body which regulates MPs’ business costs and pay.

O’Mara, Sheffield Hallam MP from 2017 to 2019, was thousands of pounds in debt to a drug dealer, his trial heard.

He was convicted of six counts of fraud and sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday to four years in prison.

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