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Sinn Fein hits out at Sammy Wilson over fraud allegations

By Noel McAdam

Published 08/08/2015

Sinn Fein has branded Sammy Wilson's claims that its elected representatives could be involved in benefit fraud as disgraceful.

Sinn Fein insisted all its representatives pay the same taxes "as every other citizen", and declared all expenses and allowances to the Inland Revenue.

Mr Wilson has demanded a probe into how many SF politicians are receiving benefits.

His call came after SF Derry City and Strabane councillor Colin Kelly was acquitted of charges alleging a £19,000 benefits fraud.

Mr Kelly said it had been an "honest mistake" and as soon as he became aware of the situation, he had taken steps to rectify it.

But East Antrim MP Mr Wilson said: "My fear is that Sinn Fein is taking the allowances they receive as councillors off them and putting that into party coffers, and then the individuals go to social security and say they have little or no income and get benefits."

But Sinn Fein said: "All payments made to councillors are invoiced, accounted for and audited by the councils they serve in. The claims made by Sammy Wilson are disgraceful."

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