Ex-Thanet council leader Sandy Ezekiel in fraud charge

Sandy Ezekiel
Image caption Mr Ezekiel was leader of Thanet District Council between 2003 and 2010

Two men, including a former Conservative leader of Thanet District Council, have been charged with fraud and misconduct in a public office.

Sandy Ezekiel, 59, is charged with misconduct in a public office and fraud.

Philip Emmanuel, 64, has been charged with aiding and abetting fraud.

The men are accused of using council information in relation to the purchase of two properties.

Ken Goss, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "It is alleged one of the men improperly used privileged Thanet District Council information in relation to the purchase of two properties.

"This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Mr Ezekiel, of Crown Hill, Broadstairs, and Mr Emmanuel of Laleham Gardens in Margate, are due to appear at Maidstone Magistrates' Court on 8 May.

Mr Ezekiel is a member of Thanet District Council and was leader of the authority from 2003 to 2010.

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