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Cambridgeshire UKIP county councillor in court accused of benefits fraud

Another day, another UKIP councillor in trouble:

A newly elected UKIP county councillor- and former Kings Lynn Conservative borough councillor – is to appear at Peterborough Crown Court today charged with a single count of benefits fraud…

The precise charge alleges that he dishonestly failed to promptly notify Fenland District Council that there was a change in his circumstances knowing it would affect his entitlement to benefit.

He has been remanded on unconditional bail pending the trial. [Cambridgeshire Times]

UPDATE: Oh, and then there’s also these two:

A UKIP councillor is considering his future at Norfolk County Council after it emerged he was questioned about a shoplifting incident last year. Peter Georgiou admitted he carried out the offence last May, but said: “I was in a very dark place at the time… and was on anti-depressants.” [BBC]

and

Newly elected UKIP councillor Caven Vines has denied links with the BNP.

Cllr Vines, who won the recent by-election in Rawmarsh, admitted to the Advertiser that he attended one BNP meeting at Catcliffe pub The Waverley โ€œabout ten years agoโ€ and once worked alongside party organiser, Marlene Guest, but denied any political sympathies, past or present. [Rotherham Advertiser]

UPDATE 2: Peter Lagoda subsequently admitted fraud – and also has got into hot water for a series of racist comments.

 

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