Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Tower Hamlets Councillor makes fraudulent claim for housing benefits for a second time

Shelina Akhtar, an independent councillor, pleaded guilty to three counts of dishonestly claiming housing and council tax benefits for a property in Poplar at Snaresbrook crown court on Monday.

Despite committing benefit fraud for a second time she has been allowed to keep her council seat.

Tower Hamlets Labour group leader Joshua Peck said: "In most local authorities, it would be inconceivable that she didn't resign on the first occasion."

My comment: I agree, no fraudster should be allowed to remain a councillor. Let alone a second time offender. 

Read the full story from the source London Evening Standard

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