Fraud case delayed
THE case of a councillor accused of fraudulently claiming housing and council tax benefits has been delayed by a week because the prosecution needs more time.
Howard Trevette, a Chiltern District councillor, was due to appear at Aylesbury Crown Court with his wife, Danna, on Wednesday, November 12. The case has been moved to Wednesday, November 19, at the same court.
Mr Trevette has been accused of fraudulently claiming benefits of up to £17,833 after failing to declare £208,079 in pension payments.
He and his wife, of The Broadway, Amersham, were granted unconditional bail at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, November 5. The couple spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and address.
Mr Trevette, who represents Amersham Town, has been charged with four offences of fraud and failure to tell Chiltern District Council (CDC) of a change in circumstances. Mrs Trevette faces the same charges plus another of failing to disclose to the council that she was working while claiming housing and council tax benefits.
Mr Trevette was elected in 2011. He has been suspended from the CDC Conservative group pending the outcome of the case. He was also elected to Amersham Town Council in 2011.