Ex-UKIP councillor Peter Lagoda given community order for fraud

Peter Lagoda Peter Lagoda was handed a community order by a judge

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A former UKIP councillor in Cambridgeshire who pleaded guilty to benefit fraud, has been handed a 12-month community order by a judge.

Peter Lagoda, 60, who represents Wisbech South on the county council, admitted benefit fraud and one count of fraud by false representation.

Peterborough Crown Court was told the offences took place between 2008 and 2010.

Lagoda was suspended from UKIP after he was charged.

He had initially denied the charges, however he admitted failing to inform Fenland District Council of a change in his circumstances when he appeared in court in February.

Mr Logoda's co-accused, his wife Maria, had also pleaded guilty to benefit fraud and was given a 12-month community order with supervision.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council told the BBC: "Mr Lagoda remains a councillor."

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