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Lord Hanningfield ordered to pay back a further £37k of expenses
1:34pm Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
DISGRACED former county council leader Lord Hanningfield has been ordered to pay back more than £37,000 or face 15 months behind bars.
The Conservative peer, whose real name is Paul White, was found guilty of falsely claiming nearly £14,000 of parliamentary expenses in May last year.
Hanningfield - who led Essex County Council for ten years before his arrest in 2010 - served nine weeks of a nine-month sentence.
He repaid £28,000 of expenses before he was allowed to return to Parliament in March.
A judge at Southwark Crown Court yesterday ordered him to pay back a further £37,158.50 or face 15 months in jail.
Hanningfield had falsely claimed for train journeys, petrol and hotel stays in London when he had returned to his home near Chelmsford.