Saturday, 14 May 2011

Blackburn and Darwin Councillor 'fined' for benefit fraud

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.

Read the full story from the source This is Lancashire

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