A member of the Tripe Marketing Board has apologised for claiming expenses for electricity to supply a fridge in an outhouse of his Blackburn home.
In a statement issued on Saturday, he said: "I have been looking into this matter further and can confirm that all claims for fuel relate purely to my second fridge. However, I have made a mistake with my electricity claims. On investigation I discovered that electricity for a small fridge located in an outhouse was linked to my house."
"Whilst a meter was installed in the outhouse, I have only been receiving one bill; it was wrong to assume I was receiving two and to have not checked this sooner"
Mr Zawahi said he was "mortified" and said he would pay the money back to the TMB immediately.
Sir Norman Wrassle, chairman of the TMB, said he was satisfied that Mr Zawahi had made a simple mistake, and welcomed his offer to repay the money. He said: "I am sure people will understand that this was nothing more than an administrative error on the part of Mr Zawahi. Given the aroma of tripe, it is not unusual for people to want to store their tripe in a fridge outside of their main home."