Mail & Sun report:: Labour MP Apsana Begum has been charged with housing fraud after questions arose over how she acquired her London council flat in just six months.
The 30-year-old ally of Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of three offences in relation to the £300,000 one-bed Isle of Dogs flat in east London, reports the Sun.
The Poplar and Limehouse MP is due to appear in court on December 10 and potentially faces losing her Commons seat and serving jail time.Ms Begum is believed to have first made an application for a council house while living with her parents in Tower Hamlets in 2011.
She then married and moved in with her husband in 2014, but following their split Ms Begum found council housing again just six months later despite having no children and there being a long waiting list.
Ms Begum previously said: ‘I was so grateful to be housed, which provided me with the lifeline I needed to live independently and safely.’
She said she was able to quickly find council housing due to the breakdown of her marriage in 2014 which left her in a ‘state of flux’.
The MP has been charged with ‘dishonestly failing to disclose information in order to make gains for herself or another, or expose another to a loss’ on three separate occasions between January 18, 2013 and March 31, 2016.
It is alleged she failed to tell Tower Hamlets Council that she was ‘no longer living in overcrowded conditions’, a court official said.
In a statement today Ms Begum said she will ‘vigorously contests these malicious and false allegations’.
Ms Begum has been politically active in Tower Hamlets for years and in her twenties worked for Labour mayor Lutfur Rahman, who was removed from office following electoral corruption.
In 2017 she was elected secretary of the local Labour Party before winning a 29,000 majority in last December’s general election.
She was previously forced to apologise for Facebook posts including one which suggested Saudi Arabia’s leaders were ‘inspired by their Zionist masters’.
At the time she said she had not made the post herself but shared it ‘because I was concerned with the treatment of pilgrims who were being harassed in the Mecca Grand Mosque’.
She said she would not use the words herself and was ‘committed to fighting anti-Semitism’.
A Tower Hamlets Council spokesperson said: ‘The council takes housing fraud very seriously.
‘It would be inappropriate for us to comment on any specific allegations, but the public can be confident that any concerns are investigated by an experienced team, in line with our procedures.’
Begum, of the Isle of Dogs in east London, is due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on December 10.