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Town Hall probes councillor convicted fraudster’ claim

PUBLISHED: 19:41 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

TOWN Hall chiefs are investigating claims that a councillor in East London is a convicted fraudster. Anonymous emails have accused the councillor at Tower Hamlets of having a criminal record for fraud, which would ban them from serving in a public office

By Gemma Collins

TOWN Hall chiefs are investigating claims that a councillor in East London is a convicted fraudster.

Anonymous emails have accused the councillor at Tower Hamlets of having a criminal record for fraud.

The law bans anyone convicted of a criminal offence from serving in a public office.

One email circulating in the Town Hall says the councillor had a name change before being elected, to hide the conviction, and as a result is serving while disqualified under the law.

Now a demand for a full investigation at the Labour-controlled authority is being demanded by Opposition Tory members.

Tory Ahmed Hussain said in a letter to chief executive Martin Smith this week: “If the allegation turns out to be true, the councillor in question has not only deceived the council, the party and the community, but also will be liable for electorate fraud.”

The council later confirmed its legal department was studying the accusations before its Standards Committee decides whether to investigate. It was the Standards committee’s policy not to consider anonymous complaints except in exceptional circumstances, said a council statement. Complaints about councillors are dealt with under published procedures.


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