Wolverhampton couple in tenancy fraud conviction
Published by Jamie Angus for Wolverhampton Homes in Housing and also in Local Government
Wolverhampton Homes has launched a new fraud campaign
A professional couple living in a council house in Wolverhampton have been given a 15 month Community Order and ordered to pay nearly £400 between them after pleading guilty to tenancy fraud following a lengthy investigation by housing fraud officers at Wolverhampton Homes and the city council.
Mkhululi Mpofu aged 34 and his wife Vanessa aged 30, both of Minehead Road, in Fordhouses, pleaded guilty in front of magistrates on 12th November after admitting they’d lied about being homeless in order to get a council home. Investigations by officers at Wolverhampton Homes and the city council found that the couple, who were both working at the time, already had a tenancy in Walsall.
Mr Mpofu, a former journalist in his native Zimbabwe, was sentenced to a 12 month Community Order and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work. His wife was given a 3 month Community Order. Both were ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £320.
Housing bosses at Wolverhampton Homes have confirmed that they are now in the process of taking action to evict the couple following last month’s guilty verdict.
Mark Henderson, Director of Housing at Wolverhampton Homes said:
“Tenancy fraud is illegal; it’s not fair on others and is something which we take very seriously. That’s why we and the council worked so hard together to get this case to court. I hope it’ll send out a strong message that we won’t tolerate fraud and that we will take action against people who are caught cheating the system.”
Anyone who suspects someone of committing tenancy fraud can report it online, anonymously at www.wolverhamptonhomes.org.uk.
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