08 October 2009 | Jake Kanter
A former deputy mayor of London has been given a suspended prison sentence for "misuse" of a procurement card.
At a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court this week, Ian Clement admitted making unauthorised expense claims on his corporate credit card, according to reports.
He was sentenced to a 12-week jail term, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to undertake 100 hours of unpaid community service and pay £1,000 in prosecution fees.
Judge Quentin Purdy has been reported as saying Clement "flagrantly and arrogantly" abused public money.
Clement said in a statement: "I very much regret and indeed am truly sorry for my actions and that these have let down many good people including my family, my friends and colleagues and, not least, the mayor of London."
He resigned from his post as deputy mayor for government and external relations in June. At the time, Jennette Arnold, chair of the London Assembly, said: "Ian Clement's repeated misuse of his City Hall credit card was a serious breach of Greater London Authority rules for which he has answered with his job."