Broxtowe council leader charged with £45k benefit fraud
A COUNCIL leader has been charged with a £45,500 benefit fraud.
Milan Radulovic, who has been Labour leader of Broxtowe Borough Council since last May, is accused of receiving an overpayment of £45,511 from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The Post understands that the alleged overpayment relates to allowances he is said to have claimed as a councillor but not declared to DWP. He told the Post: "I am refuting all this. I'm contesting everything. I've never been given the chance to answer the allegations, it's gone straight to court. I shall counter-sue for damages. This is unfair. I haven't done anything wrong."
Radulovic, 56, who was awarded an MBE in 2007, was first elected to the borough council in 1986 and currently represents Eastwood South on the council.
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He was also leader of Broxtowe Borough Council between 1995 and 2007; and also served as leader of Eastwood Town Council between 1991 and 2003.
He previously worked as a maintenance engineer, but retired from work in 1997 due to serious health problems.
A hearing was held at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on January 6. Radulovic was not present, but had legal representation in court. No plea was entered.
Radulovic, of Cross Street, Eastwood, is set to next appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on March 16.
He has been charged under the Social Security Administration Act for "having made a false statement or representation" relating to an incapacity benefit claim form. This is claimed to have happened in or around May 29, 1997, in Eastwood.