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£125 luxury burger fraudster kicked out of council home

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal, Local Government

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A benefits cheat who ran a gourmet pub that sold £125 champagne truffle burgers has been evicted from his council home.

Gastronomic fraudster Stephen Sussams fought a lengthy battle with Croydon Council to remain in his Marston Way property in Upper Norwood.

However, last week Croydon County Court finally gave the green light for the culinary crook to be removed from the home.

The 61-year-old, who was jailed for a year in January 2013 for a string of fraud charges, is the former landlord of the Royal Dart Hotel in Devon.

The pub was famed for its absurd burgers, said to be the most expensive in the world.

Sussams pocketed £17,600 in care fees mistakenly paid into a dead man’s bank account, which the lying landlord had access to as the deceased’s carer.

He had also illegally claimed more than £14,000 in housing and council tax benefit after failing to tell the council he was living with his civil partner.

Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes and regeneration, said: “This has been a long, drawn-out case and it’s a credit to our housing legal and tenancy teams for their determination and hard work in bringing about this eviction.

“We don’t take these decisions lightly, however this was an individual who abused the benefits system and in the process deprived a family in need of a home.

“The council’s housing department will always take a hard line against those that try and cheat the system.”

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