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Leader charged with five counts of fraud

PUBLISHED: 15:08 04 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:07 25 August 2010

CHARGED: The CPS have decided to charge Ian Clement with five counts of fraud.

CHARGED: The CPS have decided to charge Ian Clement with five counts of fraud.

A FORMER council leader has been charged with fraud in connection with alleged misuse of expenses.

A FORMER council leader has been charged with fraud in connection with alleged misuse of expenses.

Ian Clement, 44, from Crayford, who was the former Leader of Bexley council and then went on to become one of Boris Johnson's deputy mayors was today (4) charged five offences under the Fraud Act.

The Conservative, who resigned from his latest £127,000-a-year post in June, is accused of misusing the corporate credit card he had in his capacity as deputy mayor for government and external relations.

He has been released on bail and is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates Court next Tuesday (8).

His lawyer Jeremy Summers of Russell Jones & Walker provided the following statement: "Mr Clement is surprised and saddened that the Crown Prosecution Service should have felt that prosecution was appropriate.

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