THE COURT case of a former councillor who has been charged with fraud has been adjourned. Julie Bull, aged 55 of Holt Lane in Kingsley, appeared before Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Friday, June 14, after being deferred to the crown court by North Staffordshire Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 14. Her appearance at magistrates came 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 pleaded ‘not guilty’ to “Dishonestly failing to disclose information to make a gain for self or another” at Friday’s Crown Court hearing.
Judge Glenn told Bull that her court case has been adjourned for trial, which is set to begin the week commencing September 30, so that pre trial documents can be prepared.
Editors Note: Bull was re-elected as a Cheadle town councillor at the May local elections, however she has not, as confirmed by Cheadle Town Council, signed her declaration to serve as a Cheadle town councillor for the next four years.
She failed to get re-elected back on to the district council.
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