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Scottish MP Natalie McGarry Charged Over Alleged Fraud

The allegation forced her to withdraw from the SNP last year.

27/09/2016 16:13 | Updated 27 September 2016

Scottish MP Natalie McGarry has been charged in connection with an alleged fraud.

The Glasgow East MP was one of 56 elected for the SNP in 2015.

But she resigned as the party whip in November last year when the allegations first surfaced after a pro-independence group reported financial discrepancies.

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Natalie McGarry has been charged with fraud

A Police Scotland spokeswoman told HuffPost UK: “On Tuesday September 27 a 35-year-old woman was charged in connection with alleged fraud offences.

“A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”

It is understood the alleged offences are linked to her involvement with the group Women for Independence (WFI), which was set up in the run-up to the 2014 Scottish referendum, and with the SNP’s Glasgow Regional Association.

WFI went to the police after an internal audit found money was missing, reported to be £30,000.

McGarry’s lawyer Aamer Anwar told the BBC that his client went to a police station for an interview on Tuesday morning.

He said: “Following an interview she was charged with several alleged offences, including embezzlement of funds, breach of trust and an offence under the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013.

“She was released and there will now be a report to the procurator fiscal.”

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