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Two Charged With Corruption Over Services Supplied To Brighton & Hove Housing Department

Two men and a property company face charges of fraud and corruption in relation to the work of the Brighton and Hove City Council Housing Department.

Jugal Sharma, 61, of Holland Road, Hove, Ashley Parker, 59, of Balfour Road, Ilford, Essex, and KEM Property Services Ltd, of Queens Road, Brighton, have been served with summonses to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on Thursday, January 20th.

Between 2008 and 2013 the council awarded KEM more than £18million worth of contracts to the company which provides the homeless with temporary accommodation.

Sharma declared to the council that he had no connection to the property company, however an investigation by the Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit, found that Sharma had made a fraudulent declaration and charged him with six offences of corruptly accepting moneys from Parker and KEM as an inducement or reward for showing favour to that company in relation to the Council's affairs.

Ashley Parker, with KEM, is charged with six offences of corruptly paying Sharma as an inducement or reward for his showing favour to the company in relation to the Council's affairs.

The police investigation followed an initial investigation by the Council's own internal audit team.

Five other people interviewed under caution during the police investigation do not face any further action.

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