Labour County councillor Olive McIntosh-Stedman has been charged with council tax fraud. Ms McIntosh-Stedman, a county councillor for Cowley and Littlemore since 1997, was charged with two counts of making false council tax benefit claims in 2002.
She has denied all the charges, but has quit the Labour group and is currently sitting as an independent. She will appear before Oxford Crown Court for trial next month. Ms McIntosh-Stedman, 64, of Williamson Way, Rose Hill, Oxford, is a registered nurse with a diploma in women's studies and a degree in publishing.
Last night (Tuesday) she said: "There is a great misunderstanding and all that will be cleared up in due course." Oxford City Council, which is bringing the prosecution, declined to comment on the particulars of the case or reveal how much it was alleged Ms McIntosh-Stedman tried to claim from the authority.http://www.oxfordmail.net/display.var.1256516.0.0.php
(Hat Tip: Barnsley Nationalist)