I knew Ian and I liked him. I am still at a loss as to why he would throw so much away over such stupidly trivial sums of money and it saddens me that it has come to this. However it is absolutely right that he has been charged, in any other walk of life he would have been and people involved in politics cannot be seen to be above or immune from the law.
12.25 - Update:
Ian has been charged on five counts of fraud and will appear in court early next week.