Guildford councillor Monika Juneja facing fraud charges

A Guildford borough councillor has been charged with pretending to be a barrister under the Legal Services Act.

Surrey Police said Monika Juneja was also accused of two fraud offences and three under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act.

The 35-year-old from Guildford is also charged with obtaining a pecuniary advantage under the Theft Act.

She is due to appear before magistrates in Guildford on 2 September.

Simon Drew, a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyer, said: "The CPS has authorised Surrey Police to charge Ms Monika Juneja with seven offences, including forgery, fraud by false representation, obtaining monetary advantage by deception and wilfully pretending to be a barrister."

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He said: "It is alleged that Ms Juneja constructed false letters from the University of Greenwich and the BPP Law School outlining qualifications that she did not hold.

"It is also alleged that she pretended to be a barrister - acquiring legal roles at various councils - and that she provided recruitment agencies with untrue or misleading information about her CV, as well as supplying false qualifications to secure employment with Bromley Council.

"The alleged offences took place on dates between July 2000 and May 2014."

Ms Juneja, who is on bail, is Guildford's councillor in charge of planning.

A spokeswoman for the council said Ms Juneja would remain in this position "until such time as [council leader] Stephen Mansbridge announces any changes to his executive team".

She added: "Pending the outcome of any trial, and until the case is concluded, we can make no further comment on the case."

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