Ex-UKIP councillor fraud: Peter Lagoda pleads guilty

Peter Lagoda Image copyright Karin Aston
Image caption Peter Lagoda represents Wisbech South on Cambridgeshire County Council

An ex-UKIP councillor in Cambridgeshire has pleaded guilty to benefit fraud.

Peter Lagoda, 60, who represents Wisbech South on the county council, denied the charges at an earlier hearing last May.

At Peterborough Crown Court on Monday, he changed his plea and admitted one count of fraud by false representation and one count of benefit fraud. He will be sentenced on 28 March.

The offences took place between 2008 and 2010.

Lagoda admitted failing to inform Fenland District Council of a change in his circumstances.

He was suspended from UKIP after he was charged.

A council spokesman said: "Councillor Lagoda's status as a councillor remains unchanged until the outcome of any sentencing hearing is known.

"As such, it would be wrong for the authority to comment any further."

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