Monika Juneja pleads not guilty to fraud and forgery charges


The Guildford borough councillor denied eight charges when she appeared at the Old Bailey in London on Friday morning

Monika Juneja leaving Guildford Crown Court on September 19 2014

Councillor Monika Juneja leaving Guildford Crown Court after a previous hearing

Guildford borough councillor Monika Juneja has appeared at court in London to deny a string of fraud and forgery charges.

The 36-year-old, from Doverfield Road in the town, is accused of lying about her qualifications and posing as a barrister.

Appearing at the Old Bailey on Friday, she pleaded not guilty to three counts of forgery, one of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception, three counts of fraud and one of willfully pretending to be a barrister.

Judge Paul Worsley warned the defendant not to use the charges as a publicity stunt and not to speak to the press in the run-up to her trial next year.

“‘There must be discretion from you about what comes out in the public domain, because a jury must be able to try your case fairly and without prejudice,” he told her.

“It would be very unwise for you to make statements to the press at this time. This is not an opportunity for you to use as a platform, these are criminal charges.”

Ms Juneja is accused of forging letters from the University of Greenwich and BPP Law School as well as putting false information on her CV.

It is also alleged that she used the forged letters to get a position on Bromley Council.

She spoke only to confirm her name and enter not guilty pleas. Her trial, which is expected to last at least seven days, is scheduled to begin on May 11 2015.