Devon councillor and former Tiverton mayor accused of using false documents to obtain benefits will appear before a jury
The case against a district and town councillor who is charged with producing false documents to help him obtain benefits, including reductions in his council tax payments, will be heard by a jury.
Kevin Wilson, a former mayor of Tiverton who currently serves on both Mid Devon District Council and Tiverton Town Council faces two charges in a prosecution brought by the Mid Devon authority.
The first alleges that on March 19, last year, he furnished a document which was false with a view to obtaining benefit or other payment under social security legislation by producing a review form stating the information was correct and complete but he failed to declare that he was in receipt of income from a Scottish Life Income Release policy and income from the Liberal Democrat party.
The second states that on November 24, 2010, he dishonestly furnished a document which was false with a view to obtaining benefit when he submitted a housing benefit and council tax claim form stating the information was correct when he had failed to declare a Scottish Life Income Release policy when required to do so under the Social Security Administration Act.
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He appeared before Exeter magistrates yesterday who directed that there should be a trial by jury. The case was adjourned to April 30 for committal to Exeter Crown Court.
Wilson, of Besley Close, Tiverton, was mayor of Tiverton in 2007/08.