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A SENIOR Hampshire politician has appeared in court after being charged with fraudulently receiving £32,000 in benefits.

Tory councillor George Ringrow appeared in Fareham Magistrates Court yesterday accused of two counts relating to dishonestly failing to notify authorities of changes of circumstances affecting his entitlement to benefits.

The Hampshire County Council representative for Fareham Town ward spoke only to confirm his name and address as he stood in the dock wearing a black coat, over a light coloured shirt and blue tie.

The, 67-year-old, of Paxton Road, Fareham, is accused of failing to notify changes of circumstances surrounding pension credits he allegedly received between May 11, 2009, and April 1 of last year when he was allegedly also receiving an occupational pension.

The case was adjourned to Portsmouth Crown Court on March 7 when he is expected to enter a plea.

Ringrow has been suspended from the county council’s ruling Conservative group pending the outcome of the case.

But the politician – who received unconditional bail – will continue his role serving as a county councillor.

Source: Senior politician accused of £32,000 benefit fraud (From Daily Echo)

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