A Greenwich councillor will appear before magistrates in court next month after being charged with fraud and perverting the course of justice.

Tonia Ashikodi, who serves Glyndon ward as Labour councillor, was investigated by Greenwich Council’s internal anti-fraud team in connection with the “ownership of a number of properties.”

A council spokesman confirmed yesterday (July 17) that cllr Ashikodi has now been charged with two offences of fraud by false representation, as well as perverting the course of justice.

The spokesman said: “Following the conclusion of a detailed criminal investigation carried out by the Council's Internal Audit & Anti Fraud Team regarding Tonia Ashikodi's council tenancy and the ownership of a number of properties, the Council has decided that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Tonia Ashikodi.

“Clearly, it is of paramount importance that Ms Ashikodi's fundamental legal rights to both respond to these charges and receive a fair hearing are respected.

“Therefore, the Council will not be making any further comment on the matter which will continue to be dealt with by the Chief Executive and Head of Legal Services.”

Ms Ashikodi will be summoned to appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court on August 6.