Councillor due in court over fraud

Melton borough councillor Gary Bush EMN-150325-133210001

Melton borough councillor Gary Bush EMN-150325-133210001

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A Melton councillor is due to appear in court on Thursday to face two benefit fraud charges.

Gary Bush (57), of Grange Drive, is charged with failing to notify Melton Council of changes in his circumstances, affecting his entitlement to claim council tax benefit, between July 18, 2011 and January 1,2012 and between October 29, 2012 and January 31, 2013.

Mr Bush entered no pleas to the charges when he previously appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on March 12.

He will next appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Mr Bush has been suspended from the Labour Party ‘pending the results of an internal investigation.’

The acting leader of Melton Council’s Labour Group is now councillor John Moulding.