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Friday, 31 March 2017

Benefit cheat jailed for two years and must pay back £18,000


A benefit cheat living in New Malden, has been jailed for two years and ordered to pay back nearly £18,000.

Dabeer Ul Haque’s crimes were uncovered by Wandsworth council’s fraud investigators.

He forged documents to obtain higher housing benefit payments, and also submitted false details in order to get the keys to a council flat.

It’s believed his sophisticated and elaborate fraud schemes started in 2010.

Housing spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said “This was a particularly sophisticated and elaborate fraud but one which failed to mislead or confuse our investigators and as a result Mr Ul Haque is now serving a two year prison sentence.

“And once he is released from detention he will have to start paying back the money he swindled.

“This case should serve as a warning to people who are tempted to try and fiddle cash from the benefit system.

“We do routine checks into hundreds of claims each year, regardless of when they were first made. If you are on the fiddle then we will catch up with you one day and when we do you will be prosecuted, you could go to jail and you will have to pay back everything you weren’t entitled to.

“If you are tempted to make a false claim, my advice to you would be think again.”
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