Councillor Monika Juneja pretended to be barrister

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A former councillor has admitted pretending to be a barrister

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Monika Juneja, a Guildford borough councillor until she did not seek re-election last week, had denied eight charges and was due to face a trial.

But she pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery, obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception, and wilfully pretending to be barrister as the trial at the Old Bailey got under way.

Juneja, of Doverfield Road, Guildford, is awaiting sentencing.

Offences she admitted included giving false qualifications to Bromley Council, and constructing false letters from the University of Greenwich and the BPP Law School outlining qualifications she did not hold, between July 2000 and May 2014.

Planning chief

The 36-year-old had denied three other counts of fraud, which related to providing recruitment agencies with untrue or misleading information about her CV.

Those charges were ordered to lie on file.

When Juneja was arrested, she was Guildford’s councillor in charge of planning.

At the time, she had been overseeing plans to build hundreds of homes and potentially remove some villages’ green belt status.

The Conservative politician was later asked to step down from her executive role, but retained her councillor status.

Guildford Borough Council said she did not stand for re-election on Thursday and, along with all other councillors who stood down, Juneja officially ceased to be a councillor on Monday.

A spokesman said the council had no comment to make about the trial.