COUNCILLOR Harman Banger becomes at least the TWENTIETH Labour politician to be charged, imprisoned, or placed under investigation in the past six months alone.
Labour councillor Banger, who represents East Park on Wolverhampton Council, has resigned from his role as the city’s economy cabinet member.
Banger and his wife, Neena Kumari, both pleaded not guilty to a charge of committing fraud by dishonestly making a false representation to snag £10,000 under the UK Government Covid-19 Small Business Scheme.
He was arrested by West Midlands Police in June “on suspicion of fraud offences” and was released pending a full probe.
He has also been administratively suspended from the Labour group in the city pending the outcome of an internal party investigation.
Bangor is just one of a growing number of Labour politicians to find himself in hot water in the past six months, with Labour Councillors, mayors and MPs being charged or investigated for offences ranging from fraud to paedophilia.
The pair will stand trial at Walsall Magistrates Court on October 18th.