Fraud charge Greenwich councillor to appear at crown court in September

Tonia Ashikodi
Tonia Ashikodi won the Glyndon by-election for Labour in 2016 (Photo: twitter.com/CllrToniaA)

Greenwich councillor Tonia Ashikodi has been bailed to appear at crown court next month on two charges of fraud and one charge of perverting the course of justice.

Ashikodi, 29, appeared at Bexley Magistrates Court this morning alongside her father, Tony Ashikodi, 49, after an investigation into her council tenancy and the ownership of private properties.

The Glyndon ward representative, who lives in Plumstead, is charged with two counts of fraud by misrepresentation in applications to Greenwich Council for housing in October 2008 and May 2012. She is also charged with perverting the course of justice in May 2018.

Tony Ashikodi, who lives in Thamesmead, is charged with perverting the course of justice at the same time.

Both spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and dates of birth.

Cases from Bexley are usually sent to Woolwich Crown Court, however, lawyers for both Greenwich Council – which is bringing the case – and the Ashikodis asked that the hearing be switched to Inner London Crown Court because of Tonia Ashikodi’s position as a Greenwich councillor.

They have been given unconditional bail until 17 September, when they are due to appear at crown court.

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