Simon Orme, Specialist Lawyer with the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "The CPS has authorised West Midlands Police to charge Ms Nicole Sinclaire, former MEP for the West Midlands, with the offences of money laundering and misconduct in public office.
"It is alleged that between October 2009 and July 2010, whilst serving as an MEP, Ms Sinclaire used funds paid into her bank account by the European Parliament in respect of false travelling expenses claims.
"Ms Sinclaire has also been charged with Misconduct in a Public Office with regard to her actions.
"The decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.
"Ms Sinclaire will appear before Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 17 September.
"Criminal proceedings have now commenced and Ms Sinclaire has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."
Ms Nicole Sinclaire has been charged with the following:
- Money Laundering, contrary to Sections 327 or 329 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
- Misconduct in Public Office, contrary to Common Law