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Former mayor charged over alleged Diamond Jubilee day fraud
2:01pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A PROMINENT councillor has been charged with fraud by abuse of position while serving as a city’s mayor.
Andrew Williams, who became the youngest mayor in the Ripon’s history in 2007 and took on the role again in 2012, was charged by North Yorkshire Police on October 16.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A 43-year-old man from Ripon has been charged with fraud by abuse of position following an incident in Ripon on June 4, 2012.”
A range of events, including a parade of vintage vehicles and a soap box derby, were staged in the Market Square on that date to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Crown Prosecution Service guidance on the charge states it relates to where a person occupies a position where they are expected to safeguard the financial interests of another person, and abuses that position.
The councillor stepped down as North Yorkshire County member before the election earlier this year, but remains a member of Harrogate Borough Council, where he has led the Independent group, and Ripon City Council.
Mr Williams is due to appear at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on November 5.
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