Tom Wise represents East Anglia in the European Parliament
A British member of the European Parliament has denied cheating the taxpayer out of thousands of pounds in an alleged allowances scam.
Tom Wise, 60, from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, now an independent for the East of England, denied charges of false accounting and money laundering.
He appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court with his former researcher Lindsay Jenkins, 62.
They were released on conditional bail to reappear at the court on 8 June.
Ms Jenkins, of Queen Club Gardens, London, also denied both charges.
Mr Wise, a former Ukip MEP, is accused of claiming at least £36,000 in secretarial allowances in the 12 months until December 2005 under the guise of a salary for Ms Jenkins.
Prosecutors alleged he spent the money on a car, fine wines and paid off credit card and bank debts.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between 14 December 2004 and 24 December 2005.
The defendants are accused of signing official documents claiming the European Parliament money would be paid into Ms Jenkins' account when it was allegedly controlled by Mr Wise.
The second charge of money laundering alleges they then used the dishonestly-obtained cash for their own purposes.
The prosecution follows an investigation by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and officers at Bedfordshire Police's economic crime unit.