Labour MP Apsana Begum defrauded council out of £64,000 in social housing claims, court hears

This was exposed by a council tax obligation application placed by her mom, which showed that she lived in a four-bedroom home with three other people, every one of whom had an area each.

Apsana Begum showed up at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday charged with 3 counts of fraud that presumably happened over three separate periods in between 2013 and also 2016.

Ms Begum, that refutes all fees, related to take place Tower Hamlets Council's social housing register in 2011, asserting she was living in an "jammed" residential or commercial property after declaring that she resided in a three-bedroom property with five of her loved ones as well as did not have a bedroom.

Ms Begum, that was supported by the Left-wing organisation Momentum as well as chosen from an all-woman shortlist, won her seat with a bulk of 28,904 in 2019. She is the very first Muslim lady MP to wear a hijab, as well as currently chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence and Abuse.

In a previous declaration, Tower Hamlets Council stated: "It would certainly be unsuitable for us to comment on any type of specific claims, yet the public can be positive that any issues are checked out by a seasoned team, in accordance with our treatments."

Ms Begum, who was chosen MP for the eastern London constituency of Poplar and Limehouse at the 2019 general political election, vacated later in 2013 and went to deal with Ehtashamul Haque, her companion at the time, whom she would take place to marry in 2014 without notifying the council, the court heard.

Overcrowding was described as Tower Hamlets Council's "most urgent issue" by a Local Government Association report in 2016, whereupon it was estimated that a minimum of 1,800 homes in the district are significantly overcrowded by a minimum of two bed rooms.

The court additionally heard allegations that an examination into Ms Begum's workplace e-mail accounts while operating at THH disclosed examples of her supervising matters connected to congestion and housing supply issues.Ms Begum begs not guiltyMs Begum, 31, only spoke with validate her name in court. She has begged innocent as well as formerly claimed that she "viciously contests these malicious and incorrect complaints".

The trial proceeds.

A Work MP defrauded her neighborhood council out of nearly ₤ 64,000 by "dishonestly" acquiring social housing over three years, a court heard.

By 2013, she had a room to herself at the residential or commercial property, however did not educate the council of the modification to her circumstance, the Old Bailey listened to.

Mr Marsland took place to state that while Ms Begum had obtained "chock-full" status by saying that she lived in a cramped three-bedroom residence, the residential or commercial property really had four bed rooms according to a planning application suggested by her aunt, that likewise lived at your house, 2 years prior.

She would move back in with her moms and dads in 2015, and also once again gotten council lodging, yet did not point out the time that she had spent living with her companion, it was said.Other locals 'given accommodation elsewhere'Tower Hamlets Council, which is bringing the prosecution, alleged the expense to the neighborhood authority was ₤ 63,928, since someone else on the real estate listing had to be given holiday accommodation in other places.

James Marsland, prosecuting, said: "Over three unique time periods, Ms Begum intentionally and dishonestly did not notify the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Housing Options of significant adjustments in her circumstances ... in order to get a social housing occupancy."