Broxtowe Borough Council’s leader has been cleared of benefit fraud by the courts after officials admitted his payouts ‘were wholly justifiable’ .
Milan Radulovic was about to undergo trial after allegedly falsely claiming more than £40,000 in benefits – but was cleared of all charges after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) admitted they were at fault and had made a ‘clerical error’.
Cllr Radulovic, leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, said it was a ‘great relief’ but the ordeal had been ‘detrimental to his health’ and his ‘standing in the community’.
He said: “It’s a great relief. All along I said I had done nothing wrong.
“It’s been a very difficult time. I have been in surgery twice this year and I’m going back in this week.
“It’s been detrimental to both my health and my standing in the community.”
He now plans to take legal action against the DWP.
But despite feeling let down, he is happy his name has been cleared and said his colleagues at Broxtowe Borough Council had been ‘brilliant’.
“I don’t think it’s ruined my reputation,” he said.
“The judge said I can walk away without a stain on my character.”