A former Ulster Unionist employee who worked with John McCallister when he was the UUP’s deputy whip has said that suggestions the MLA has acted fraudulently are “laughable”.
The individual, who has asked not to be named for professional reasons, told the News Letter: “I worked with John when he was UUP deputy whip. He knew the rules on proper use of public money better than anyone.
“The idea that he would misuse public money he had control over as whip of a party is laughable.”
The individual questioned the motivation of whoever had asked the police to begin a fraud investigation.