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EX-BENEFIT CHAIR JAILED FOR FRAUD

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The former chairman of Thanet DC's housing benefit committee has been jailed for six months for fraud. ...
The former chairman of Thanet DC's housing benefit committee has been jailed for six months for fraud.

Labour councillor Chris Wright, 49, admitted seven specimen charges of procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception between August 1993 and March last year.

He asked for 39 similar charges to be considered. His wife Brenda was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and put on 12 months' probation after admitting three charges and asking for 26 more to be considered at Maidstone Crown Court.

The specimen counts involved£1,062 but the couple were ordered to repay the full amount of£9,376 to Thanet. Mr Wright, who has resigned the Labour whip but is still an independent councillor pending a by-election to replace him, has been unable to work due to ill health since 1986. Summing up, Judge David Croft QC said: 'I see not a jot of shame.

'I bear in mind your illness and physical incapacity but I must impose a custodial sentence.

'This was a persistent, carefully thought out crime - you knew the system and you milked it for greed.'

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