FORMER Labor MP Barry Urban, who quit Parliament this year in the wake of a police service medal scandal, has been charged with 12 fraud offences.
The 49-year-old could face a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted.
Major Fraud Squad detectives have charged Mr Urban with five counts of uttering a forged document, one count of attempted fraud, one count of forging a record, five counts of giving false evidence before a Parliamentary committee.
“The five counts of uttering a forged document, and one count each of attempted fraud and forged a record relate to materials and information that the man allegedly provided during applications involving WA Police Force,” a police statement said.
“All five counts of (giving) false evidence before a Parliamentary committee relate to information provided to a State Parliamentary committee.”
Police said Mr Urban will appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court at a later date.
Elected to the seat of Darling Range at the 2017 election, Mr Urban resigned from the Labor Party in November after a series of stories in The West Australian about a police service medal he was photographed wearing at various commemoration day ceremonies.
Mr Urban had claimed he received the medal for serving with the British police conducting war crimes investigations in Bosnia.
He later said the medal came from a store in Perth.
The Procedure and Privileges Committee of Parliament ordered Mr Urban be expelled from Parliament, but the MP resigned before their findings were released in May.