Posted in Notable Cases on October 8, 2016
Ashmans Solicitors successfully negotiate local Councillor’s fraud case to a favourable conclusion
This was a highly publicised case involving the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
The Defendant was charged with fraud by false representation. The prosecuting authorities, that being the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, alleged that the Defendant, a sitting local counsellor in the ward, had deliberately used his political influence to get onto the social housing ladder. This was despite him owning a number of properties already. In due course he received a property and its tenancy therein. He occupied the property for a number of years until the matter came to the attention of the Legal Department of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
The Prosecution thereafter commenced. This case was politically charged from the outset. The Prosecution instructed a QC plus a junior Counsel to vigorously prosecute the case. It received a great deal of coverage within the media primarily because of the Defendant’s political career. The Prosecution alleged losses of over £100,000 from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Through our endeavours we were able to demonstrate successfully that this was not the case. Furthermore we will able to bring down the culpability of the offence resulting in the Defendant receiving a minimal custodial sentence.