A CHEADLE councillor has pleaded 'not guilty' to fraud. Julie Bull, aged 55 of Holt Lane in Kingsley, appeared before the North Staffordshire Magistrates Court yesterday – Tuesday, May 14 - after being charged by Staffordshire Police on Tuesday, April 23 following an investigation into alleged fraud. The charges relate to a failure to disclose information at a meeting of the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee in May 2016 of a pecuniary interest in land in Cheadle. Bull had, at that time, been a district councillor and a member of the planning committee.
Bull, who was re-elected as a Cheadle town councillor at the May local elections but failed to get re-elected back on to the district council, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to “Dishonestly failing to disclose information to make a gain for self or another” at yesterday’s Magistrates Court hearing.
Both the defence and prosecution solicitors described Bull’s case as “complex” and both agreed that it should be sent to crown court.
The team of three magistrates then agreed to send Bull to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court and gave her unconditional bail until she is set to appear at crown court on Friday June 14 at 10am.
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