Former Labour MP, Jim Devine has been caught falsifying expenses. The ex-MP asked a stationery company to confirm he had paid for orders when he never did so, a court has heard.
Jim Devine allegedly requested that invoices be stamped to say money had been “received with thanks” before the orders were paid for.
The former MP for Livingston, on trial at Southwark Crown Court denies charges that he made false claims worth £8,745.
Mr Devine left the Parliament at the 2010 general election.
The retired secretary of Armstrong Printing Limited in Clackmannanshire, Jennifer McCrea said on one occasion Mr Devine had made a request for a receipt as “a matter of urgency”.
She said customers often asked for an invoice to be “receipted”, as confirmation a payment had been made, which was indicated on the paperwork by the words “received with thanks” being stamped on it.
But she said Mr Devine had made his request before any money had been paid or the printing job had been done.
She said: “He was asking for an invoice for future work. He asked for it to be made out for around £2,400. There was no detail for what actually was going to be printed.
“He asked for it to be receipted. If someone asks for a receipted invoice they want acknowledgement that that particular invoice has been paid.”
Ms McCrea said she could not fulfil his request, so had passed it on to the company director, Billy Lochie.
Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, asked her: “By stamping it and signing it, that assumes that Armstrong Printing received £2,400. And had they?”