Liar tried to fleece money from disability grant fund
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing, Legal
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A woman who lied about her finances in order to fleece money from a disability grant fund has been fined over £10,000.
Kuldip Bilkhu attempted to get a disabled facilities grant worth £13,500, but failed to declare that she owned two other properties when she made the application to Hillingdon Council.
The grant is means-tested and is intended to help people with disabilities who cannot afford to make much-needed adaptations to their homes themselves.
The council’s corporate fraud team discovered that when she applied for the grant, Bilkhu had kept quiet about her other properties, which she was renting out, as well as her home address.
The crook also failed to declare the savings in her name when she completed the application.
Last month, the fraudster appeared at Isleworth Crown Court and pleaded not guilty to being dishonest while making an application for grant and making false declarations.
However, the following day the jury found her guilty on both counts.
This month, Bilkhu was ordered to pay a £6,000 fine as well as court costs of £4,500.
Councillor Jonathan Bianco, cabinet member for finance, property and business services, said: “This result shows that we will take action against people who attempt to defraud the council, even before money has changed hands.
"Every penny we lose through fraud means there is less funding available for people in genuine need, which is why we take this issue seriously and are willing to pursue court action.”