The former MP Margaret Moran, having previously been found unfit to plead, was on 13th November 2012 found by a jury at Southwark Crown Court to have ‘done the act or omission’ in relation to 15 charges of False Accounting and six of Using a False Instrument.
More details of the procedure for being found unfit to plead, and the consequences, can be found here.
It seems that the jury would have been sure that Ms Moran used false invoices, and made false declarations, on her parliamentary expenses forms. Sentence has been adjourned. Given that she poses no threat to the community and is currently being treated as an outpatient, it is likely that she will be dealt with by a Supervision Order (in such a high profile case a Judge may be reluctant to pass an absolute discharge).
Given that Ms Moran may be a woman of means, one question that arises is whether a Confiscation or Compensation Order can be made and whether she can be ordered to pay for the costs of the prosecution?
So it seems that there is no power for the Judge to make any financial order for re-payment of payment of costs against Ms Moran. This would make sense as the hearing was not to determine her moral blameworthiness for the act. It does not preclude a civil case against her for repayment of the money.