As some light relief after all those multimillion dollar Chinese political scandals, I give you the House of Commons Committe on Standards and Privileges report on Denis MacShane:
Thirdly, Mr MacShane made claims purporting to be based solely on invoices submitted to him by the European Policy Institute, authenticated by the EPI’s letterhead and signed by the General Manager of the Institute. But by the time he started making these claims, the Institute in this form did not exist; the notepaper on which the invoices were produced was obsolete, and there was no General Manager—the General Manager’s signature was provided by Mr MacShane himself or someone else under his authority. The sum claimed was not a sum determined by the General Manager of the EPI to meet the cost of services commissioned on Mr MacShane’s behalf. It was the sum of money entered on his computer by Mr MacShane himself. In effect, he was sending the invoice to himself and writing his own cheque. The claims were paid out unchallenged by the House authorities and the money put into a separate bank account which Mr MacShane controlled.
I think the word is 'seedy'. In fairness, it's not actually personal gain we're talking about here. What 'we-the-taxpayer' were funding was Denis' struggle to be recognised as a pan European statesman, public intellectual and general figure of renown: the kind of chap who thinks nothing of distributing laptops to the impressionable young and flying to Paris to inteview for his PA. Judging by his doozy of a non-apology, that struggle is still going on. Anyway, it's all been turned over to the cops now.