Monday, 6 February 2012

Tower Hamlets Councillor sacked for benefit fraud

An east London councillor has been sacked after being jailed for 16 weeks for benefit fraud.

Tower Hamlets Councillor Shelina Akhtar, 33, of Poplar, who represented Spitalfields and Banglatown, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Last month she admitted three counts of failing to notify a change of circumstances with regards to housing benefits for a rented property.

A spokeswoman said: "Due to the length of the custodial sentence Shelina Akhtar will be automatically disqualified from holding office as a councillor under section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972,

My comment: The ridiculous thing is that if she had got less than 3 months in jail she could have remained as a councillor. 

Read the full story from the source BBC News

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