Detectives will quiz former homes chief

Jugal Sharma

Jugal Sharma

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A COUNCIL’S suspended housing chief is to be “interviewed under caution” by police in connection with an alleged £18 million fraud.

Jugal Sharma, who was suspended by Brighton and Hove City Council last year, will be taken in by police on his return from holiday.

Last week, when four others were arrested in connection with the alleged fraud, officers said they were unsure as to where the £82,000-a-year executive was.

However, yesterday they said they had made contact with a man they wished to speak to – understood to be Mr Sharma.

A police spokesman said he would be interviewed under caution.

The Argus believes this is likely to be in a matter of weeks rather than days.

Four others were arrested on August 6 in connection with the alleged improper awarding of city council contracts.

Homes were raided across Sussex, Essex and London and computers and files were taken away as evidence.

Among those arrested and later bailed is understood to be Mr Sharma’s brother Ashley Parker, formerly known as Ashone Sharma and Ashoni Parker.

The 51-year-old is a director – and largest shareholder – of a company called KEM Property Services based in London.

The Argus previously reported the firm had a ten year deal with the council to provide homes for the homeless.

The council also said earlier this year it had launched an inquiry after allegations that the family link between Mr Sharma and Mr Parker had not been declared.

Fellow KEM director Edward Charles Parker-Bancroft, 57, was also arrested at his Harlands Road home in Haywards Heath and a 67-year-old named as Alan Fisher was also arrested at his home in Ashvale Drive, Upminster, Essex.

The Argus understands Mr Fisher is neither an employee of KEM nor of the council.

A fourth man, 53, was arrested at an address in Elms Road, London. His identity is not yet known.

All four men were quizzed by police in Brighton before being released on bail. Mr Parker until October 16, Mr Parker-Bancroft until October 17, Mr Fisher until October 14 and the unnamed 53-year-old until October 15.

Police also searched offices belonging to KEM in Queen’s Road, Brighton.

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8:38am Fri 15 Aug 14

leftysmellbags says...

Council workers making money on the side and doing dodgy side deals - wow what a shocker - who would have thought. Im more surprised that they have caught and are prosecuting one.
Council workers making money on the side and doing dodgy side deals - wow what a shocker - who would have thought. Im more surprised that they have caught and are prosecuting one. leftysmellbags
  • Score: 11

8:47am Fri 15 Aug 14

Quiterie says...

Firstly Jugal Sharma is not an "executive". He's in the Environment Development & Housing, but certainly not on the Council's executive team.

Secondly, his salary has now been increased to £85,000. Quite why the Council felt he deserved a pay rise under the circumstances is anyone's guess. Perhaps the Argus might like to contact Sue Moorman (Head of Human Resources) to find out - (sue.moorman@brighto
n-hove.gcsx.gov.uk)

Thirdly, all along this story has been covered much better in the Brighton and Hove Independent newspaper. You'd have thought this is a story that the Argus could really get their teeth into.
Firstly Jugal Sharma is not an "executive". He's in the Environment Development & Housing, but certainly not on the Council's executive team. Secondly, his salary has now been increased to £85,000. Quite why the Council felt he deserved a pay rise under the circumstances is anyone's guess. Perhaps the Argus might like to contact Sue Moorman (Head of Human Resources) to find out - (sue.moorman@brighto n-hove.gcsx.gov.uk) Thirdly, all along this story has been covered much better in the Brighton and Hove Independent newspaper. You'd have thought this is a story that the Argus could really get their teeth into. Quiterie
  • Score: 17

8:56am Fri 15 Aug 14

Johnwilson23 says...

Quick search on google.
PERRYLANDS FARM LIMITED ?
Quick search on google. PERRYLANDS FARM LIMITED ? Johnwilson23
  • Score: 1

10:39am Fri 15 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

The police will QUIZ him? Like on Who wants to be a Millionaire? Or will they be asking him why he is allegedly a crook?
The police will QUIZ him? Like on Who wants to be a Millionaire? Or will they be asking him why he is allegedly a crook? NickBrt
  • Score: 6

2:33pm Fri 15 Aug 14

hellohonkytonks says...

This lot are as slippery as a bar of soap
This lot are as slippery as a bar of soap hellohonkytonks
  • Score: 22

4:16pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Bertie1966 says...

Brighton and Hove council have been corrupt for years. They don't listen, their staff take excessive time off and all they do is chase the tax payer for their inflated salaries. Very few have ever gone out and made a £1. They should bring in someone from the business world and introduce some efficiency. HOWEVER ... there are some council workers who deserve a lot more than they get i.e. the front line staff (except traffic wardens).
This person is just another smiling idiot.
Brighton and Hove council have been corrupt for years. They don't listen, their staff take excessive time off and all they do is chase the tax payer for their inflated salaries. Very few have ever gone out and made a £1. They should bring in someone from the business world and introduce some efficiency. HOWEVER ... there are some council workers who deserve a lot more than they get i.e. the front line staff (except traffic wardens). This person is just another smiling idiot. Bertie1966
  • Score: 5

4:18pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Bertie1966 says...

hellohonkytonks wrote:
This lot are as slippery as a bar of soap
More like teflon ... nothing sticks to them
[quote][p][bold]hellohonkytonks[/bold] wrote: This lot are as slippery as a bar of soap[/p][/quote]More like teflon ... nothing sticks to them Bertie1966
  • Score: 3

5:32pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Tel Scoomer says...

Most of this has been cobbled together from the Brighton and Hove News website and the Brighton & Hove Independent newspaper but without attribution. It's consistent with the ethically dubious approach identified by the Advertising Standards Authority ruling against the Argus this week - again reported by other local media although not by the Argus.
Most of this has been cobbled together from the Brighton and Hove News website and the Brighton & Hove Independent newspaper but without attribution. It's consistent with the ethically dubious approach identified by the Advertising Standards Authority ruling against the Argus this week - again reported by other local media although not by the Argus. Tel Scoomer
  • Score: 2

7:25pm Fri 15 Aug 14

L bailey says...

The tipoff the iceberg. Try getting an answer from the chief executive.
The tipoff the iceberg. Try getting an answer from the chief executive. L bailey
  • Score: 3

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