The European Unions anti-fraud unit has been investigating claims of expenses fiddling by Mike Nattrass. There are claims he paid Dennis Brooks, one of his former aides, through public funds while he was working as a regional organiser for the party, which isn't allowed under EU rules. The Sunday Times also reported that Mr Nattras broke the rules on paying agents for his assistants' salaries. INTERVIEW: MIKE NATTRASS MEP - I did use EU funds to pay Dennis Brooks, it wasn't breaking any rules. I've had a problem with this person - he has taken me to an industrial tribunal and lost, taken me to the Inland Revenue and lost. Then he took an appeal to the Commissioners and lost again. Anybody can start an OLAF investigation against an MEP.
BBC 1 West Midlands, The Politics Show, 06/12/2009, 12:46:56, 00:04:00
It looks from this as though he was breaking the rules and paying Brookes to be a UKIP regional organiser out of his parliamentary assistance allowance.
Besides, only OLAF can start an OLAF investigation into an MEP - that would seem to be fairly logical common sense