Would-be MP who cheated students jailed

A WOULD-BE MP has been jailed for defrauding students and their families out of more than £20,000.

Vincent McKee, 54, was sentenced at Coventry Crown Court yesterday after being convicted of 25 counts of fraud by a jury after a six-week trial.

The court heard that McKee, who ran a student tuition firm in Coventry, stole about £23,000 from clients and their families by using their bank card details between October 2009 and January 2011.

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Sentencing McKee, who stood for the Liberal Democrats in Coventry North West in 2010, Judge Peter Carr said: “You were in charge of a business which offered tuition to people who needed it to pass important examinations such as A-levels and university degree courses.

“They were already at a stressful time in their lives.”

Jailing McKee for two and a half years, the judge told him: “There can be no other sentence but imprisonment for this persistent fraud.”