Thursday, 11 October 2012

Councillor Chris Boothby Charged With Benefit Fraud

A Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council councillor has been charged with benefit fraud and will appear in court later this month.

Cllr Chris Boothby, who represents Ratby, Bagworth and Thornton on Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, is alleged to have claimed more than £1,500 in benefits, including jobseeker’s allowance, while working as a bus driver for Leicester City Council.

Cllr Boothby, from Ratby, is being prosecuted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) who accuse him of claiming £949 in jobseeker’s allowance, as well as £560 in housing benefit, while still getting behind the wheel of a bus to work. It is also alleged that he was claiming unemployment benefit for his wife, Tina, while she was working in a pub in Markfield.

“Information received by the DWP indicated that Mr Boothby had been working part-time as a bus driver for Leicester City Council and his wife was working at the Plough Inn, Markfield.”

My comment: A Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council , a part time bus driver for Leicester City Council, unemployed and claiming housing benefit from (presumably) Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.....you couldn't make it up.

Read the full story from the source The Hinckley Times

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