Saturday, March 17, 2007

Lib Dem Fraud

Standing illegally? Cllr Sera Kentman

A LIBERAL Democrat councillor has been expelled from the party and is at the centre of a police investigation.

Cllr Sera Kentman, who has represented Whitefoot ward in Lewisham since last May, was axed after breaching rules, which included failing to disclose her debts as a councillor.

News Shopper can reveal Ms Kentman is an undischarged bankrupt, who may have stood illegally at last May's elections.

Under Section 80 of the Local Goverment Act 1972, no-one can stand in an election as a councillor if they are an undischarged bankrupt. According to Lewisham Council's Liberal Democrat leader Mark Morris other allegations involving Ms Kentman include:

# A £9,000 overpayment of housing benefit on a house she part owns.

# Outstanding council tax payments back dating over a year.

# Her use of a number of different names. Ms Kentman was temporarily suspended three weeks ago from the party and given time to provide information on her debts and proof of her identity.

1 comment:

The Green Arrow said...


A LIBERAL Democrat councillor who was expelled from the party is believed to have been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and perjury.

News Shopper previously reported Cllr Sera Kentman, who is alleged to have used different names, was the subject of a police investigation.

Today police have confirmed that on Wednesday a 49-year-old woman called Sera Hulya Kibris was arrested at her home in Nutfield Road, Redhill, Surrey.

She was taken to Lewisham Police Station where she was bailed to return to a south London police station on May 31.