Miss Sinclaire was arrested on the 22nd February 2012. The Daily Mail coverage from 2012 states the arrest took place following accusations by a whistleblower.
The article states that Sinclaire claimed nearly £840 for driving 1,200 miles between her Birmingham home and the European Parliament in Strasbourg, when she had allegedly travelled by plane, which can cost as little as £260. Miss Sinclaire has a different take on the matter on her blog.
The sparse details in the Daily Mail bear a remarkable resemblance to the controversy sparked by former Conservative MEP and current Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP. Goodwill is quoted in The Guardian:
“I fly from Leeds/Bradford to Brussels and we get a set fee of around £500, but if I buy a cheaper ticket, economy class for about £160 and £250, I can pocket the difference.”
“And, as a capitalist, also as a British Conservative, I see it as a challenge to buy cheap tickets and make some profit on the system because that is the system.”
The Conservative Party apparently condemned Goodwill’s actions:
“the party does not endorse the fiddling of expenses or the impression given that the system should be made available for personal profit”.