Whitechapel councillor Shahed Ali has pleaded guilty to housing fraud at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Cllr Ali admitted to one count of housing fraud under Section 3 of the Fraud Act 2006 (fraud by failing to disclose information). The offence relates to Cllr Ali application for, and tenancy of, a council house, despite failing to declare that he already owned two properties.
The disgraced councillor sits as an independent and formerly served in disgraced Mayor Lutfur Rahman’s cabinet.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:
“Shahed Ali’s conviction should send a tough and clear message to anyone who believes they can get away with housing fraud.
“For an elected representative this is particularly shameful behaviour and a scandalous breach of trust. After the criminality and corruption of the previous administration, of which Shahed Ali was a part, it is I suppose of little surprise that he would intentionally rip-off the residents he was elected to serve.
“In my view anyone who tries to defraud taxpayers has no place sitting on the Council, if he had any integrity whatsoever he would apologise and resign. Indeed he should have done that months ago”