A former Scots Guard who claimed tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money for doing 'phantom' jobs was guilty of fraud, a tribunal has ruled.
'This claimant,purporting to be employed as a MP and as a Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, received many thousands of pounds a year,' the tribunal chairman said.
'But these were in fact phantom occupations that were in fact meaningless activities producing nothing of value to the taxpayer.
'It was in fact am elaborate hoax, the cost of which was borne by hard working families.'
The tribunal said it was tragic that a man who had served in the Scots Guards and who had had a privileged background should stoop so low that even his initials were popularly employed as a shorthand for perfidy.
It was revealed that the defendant had once been leader of the Conservative party but was sacked 'if one can be sacked from another non-job' the tribunal chairman said.
The man was ordered to do 100 hours of community service shelf-stacking at a Westminster branch of Poundland.