Video: EU’s #OLAF case, Farage ordered to repay £80,000

At the turn of the year, the SKWAWKBOX exclusively revealed that UKIP were under investigation by the EU’s OLAF anti-fraud unit for alleged fraud totalling twenty million euros – and was mocked for it as ‘fake news’.

A month later, the Guardianbroke‘ the story, closely followed by the international press.

Now that the story was considered real, Nigel Farage attempted to claim he had been exonerated – on the basis of a note from the EU’s accounting department confirming that it had received his annual accounts, which Mr Farage waved around like a golden ticket, claiming:

The European Parliament has stated that my employment of local assistants is in order and reasonable.

I would politely ask people to correct and not repeat false allegations that I am under investigation because it is not true.

It would be appreciated if people were made aware and acknowledged that I have been given the all clear.

The EU issued a furious denial that they had in any way exonerated Farage – and it now seems clear which of the two had its story straight.

Late last month, Farage complained to listeners to his regular programme on LBC radio that the EU was demanding the return of £80,000 relating to costs claimed for an assistant who had been working for UKIP:

Mr Farage presented this as persecution and ‘punishment’ by a Stalin-esque EU for his part in Brexit, claiming that his employee had simply been volunteering for UKIP.

However, the OLAF investigation was looking into allegations that Farage was claiming for salary and costs of an employee meant to be working as an MEP’s assistant in order to fund his UKIP activities, so the fact that he has been told to repay the money suggests that this is what OLAF concluded took place.

What’s more, the SKWAWKBOX understands from sources close to UKIP that the £80,000 is only the initial amount the former UKIP leader has been told to repay, so if Mr Farage felt punished by the repayment demand for £80,000, he will be smarting indeed when other amounts become due.

The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.

8 responses to “Video: EU’s #OLAF case, Farage ordered to repay £80,000

  1. Pingback: Video: EU’s #OLAF case, Farage ordered to repay £80,000 | Hercules space·

  2. What happened to the skwawkbox story thatFarage was being pursued by German police for falsifying german citizenship application? I know UKIP denied it but what happened about this?

    Like

  3. Pingback: Wholly, necessarily, exclusively – breadcrumbs of my mind·

  4. Pingback: Seems EU investigation into Farage still ongoing and … | The SKWAWKBOX·

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s