ONE OF Lancashire’s best-known citizens will not now face court action over his benefit claims – and is in line to become mayor.
Charges against Salim Mulla, chairman of Lancashire Council of Mosques and a Blackburn with Darwen councillor, are set to be dropped.
The Lancashire Telegraph understands the court action has been replaced with an ‘administrative penalty’ and benefits of around £5,600 have been repaid.
An administrative penalty is one of three sanctions when someone is suspected of committing benefit fraud, along with a caution and prosecution.
It is effectively a fine and is set at 30 per cent of the amount of benefits that were overpaid. The benefits must also be repaid in full.
My comment: I thought paying a fine was an admission of guilt to save going to court. Obviously not in Blackburn, paying a fine allows you to pretend it didn't happen.
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