Candidate guilty of cheating council out of £30,000 benefits

First published in News
Last updated
Enfield Independent: Photograph of the Author by

A Tory council candidate who once received a suspended sentence for benefit cheating has been suspended from the Conservative Party.

Michael Fadaka, 33, of Bedale Road, in Enfield, was given a 12-month suspended sentence in 2011, for racking up more than £30,000 in housing allowance, council tax benefit, and income support while he was a student in 2003.

He was arrested on suspicion of committing an electoral offence on Monday, May 12 but has been bailed until June.

Under the Local Government Act 1972, a candidate can be disqualified from running in council elections if they have receive a prison sentence of at least three months, whether suspended or not, within five years of an election.

The council election will take place on Thursday, May 22.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree