Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Calls for Conservative Leader of Guildford Borough Council to stand down over support for fake barrister councillor

The Conservative leader of Guildford Borough Council has refused to step down over his continued support for a councillor charged with forgery, fraud by false representation, obtaining monetary advantage by deception and wilfully pretending to be a barrister.

Effingham Residents' Association say that the leader of the council, Cllr Stephen Mansbridge, should have sacked Cllr Monika Juneja when she was charged rather than trying to protect her but in response, Mansbridge has repeated Juneja's claim that she is the victim of a campaign to discredit their local plan. He didn't, however, repeat Cllr Juneja's claim that the people trying to bring her to justice are racists.

Cllr Juneja has been charged with forging letters and qualifications to falsely claim to be a barrister to get legal jobs in several councils over a 14 year period. Wilfully pretending to be a barrister is a criminal offence but a relatively minor one compared to 14 years of sustained fraud, obtaining taxpayers' money by deception. She isn't the victim of a campaign against a local plan, she's being brought to justice and Cllr Mansbridge has shown appalling judgement in not only supporting her but continuing to mislead residents as to the true nature of the charges against Cllr Juneja.