Labour Councillor Tonia Ashikodi (Glyndon ward) has today been charged with fraud by Greenwich Council after an investigation by the 853 website.
The investigation by 853 revealed she had a council flat in Plumstead whilst being named as the owner of a house in Thamesmead.
The full details can be seen in the thorough investigation from 853 which is a fine example of public service journalism.
Greenwich Council state:
“Following the conclusion of a detailed criminal investigation carried out by the Council’s Internal Audit & Anti Fraud Team regarding Tonia Ashikodi’s council tenancy and the ownership of a number of properties, the Council has decided that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Tonia Ashikodi with the following criminal offences:
- Two offences of fraud by false representation, contrary to sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.
- Jointly with another, an offence of perverting the course of justice, contrary to common law.
Informations relating to these offences have been laid at Bromley Magistrates’ Court today and these will be served upon Ms Ashikodi in due course. Ms Ashikodi will be summoned to appear before the Magistrates’ Court on 6th August 2018 and the prosecution will be in the hands of the Court”
Again, top work by the 853 site in carrying out the investigation and holding elected representatives to account. With the death of much traditional local media it’s down to individuals like him to delve into what politicians are up to.
He has a page you can donate to here to help the site.