A HINCKLEY councillor has been charged with benefit fraud and will appear in court later this month.
Cllr Chris Boothby, who represents Ratby, Bagworth and Thornton on Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, is alleged to have claimed more than £1,500 in benefits, including jobseeker’s allowance, while working as a bus driver for Leicester City Council.
He has also been suspended from the Conservative party – at least until the case is concluded.
Cllr Boothby, from Ratby, is being prosecuted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) who accuse him of claiming £949 in jobseeker’s allowance, as well as £560 in housing benefit, while still getting behind the wheel of a bus to work. It is also alleged that he was claiming unemployment benefit for his wife, Tina, while she was working in a pub in Markfield.
Cllr Boothby was in hospital at the time of going to press and unable to comment.
A statement from the DWP said: “Christopher Boothby claimed jobseeker’s allowance for himself and his wife on the grounds that he was unemployed.
“Information received by the DWP indicated that Mr Boothby had been working part-time as a bus driver for Leicester City Council and his wife was working at the Plough Inn, Markfield.”