Housing benefit crook sentenced
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Central Government, Housing, Legal
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A woman who swindled £22,000 in housing benefit and other welfare payments has been given a three-month suspended prison sentence.
Crooked Farath Mohammed cheated the money out of Hounslow Council and the Department for Work and Pensions between January 2008 and July 2009, whilst living with her four children at a house in Bristow Road.
However, she failed to inform either the council or DWP that her partner, Ijaz Kahn, owned and lived at the property.
Over the period she claimed £12,514 in housing benefit and £9,273 in income support she was not entitled to.
On top of her sentence, the crook was also ordered to 80 hours community payback.
Cllr Ed Mayne, the council's cabinet member for community safety, said: “These benefits are there to help those who need them most, and failing to tell us about any changes in circumstances that affect them is a criminal offence.
“The sentence handed down by the court sends a strong warning to others that dishonestly claiming money you are not entitled to will not go unpunished.
“This woman was caught after a member of the public tipped us off about her claiming benefits she was not entitled to, and I would encourage anyone else who suspects people of making false claims to get in touch so we can investigate.”