Thursday, 18 August 2011

Former Camden Councillor escapes jail despite admitting £12k fraud

A former councillor has escaped jail despite admitting fraudulently claiming thousands of pounds in benefits while attending council meetings.

Christopher John Basson, a former Liberal Democrat councillor, dishonestly claimed the benefits despite receiving an allowance from Camden Council.

Despite telling officials from the Department of Work and Pensions that he was not “working”, he also received nearly £26,000 in allowances during his three years as an elected member of the north London borough.

On Wednesday at Westminster magistrates’ court Basson, of Hampstead, north west London, was jailed for 28 days, suspended for a year.

My comment:  When you compare the sentence with others the only thing that comes to mind is WTF! 

Read the full story from the source The Telegraph

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