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Council house fraudster jailed

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

Council house fraudster jailed Council house fraudster jailed

A man has begun a five-month prison sentence after being found guilty of obtaining a council home fraudulently.

Isaac Fordjour, 39, pleaded guilty to obtaining services by deception in July at Woolwich Crown Court.

The crime, which was uncovered by Southwark Council’s fraud team, dates back to April 2003 when Fordjour made a homeless application complete with Home Office documentation to confirm his right to reside in the UK.

Fordjour was subsequently offered a two-bed property in Crawford Road, Camberwell which he moved into in June 2003.

However, an investigation found that Fordjour’s Home Office documents were false and that he was not entitled to council housing at the time.

The crime is the latest to be uncovered under Southwark Council’s Operation Bronze, an initiative to combat housing fraud.

The council has now prosecuted 22 people and recovered 35 properties as part of the operation.

Overall, the council has recovered 700 illegally sub-let properties over the last two years.

Councillor Fiona Colley said: “With an approximately 20,000 people on our housing waiting lists we cannot afford for any to be lost to fraudulent applicants.

"We will continue to use everything in our power to ensure homes go to the deserving and penalise anyone found defrauding the council.”

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