Fraud case de­layed

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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