Benefit cheat gets suspended sentence

By on 03/06/2010 in News

A Birmingham man was yesterday (June 2) given a 16-week suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to benefit fraud worth almost £18,000 to the public purse.

Abul Hussain, 32, of Fallows Road, Sparkhill was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates Court for fraudulently claiming benefits paid by Birmingham City Council costing the tax payer £17,932.

He became the one of the latest benefit fraudsters to be foiled by city council investigators, who unravelled his deception when they uncovered the facts behind his claims for Housing Benefit.

Hussain presented his claim to benefit saying that he was a tenant. However, his claims were a lie as he was not a tenant at all but a family member in his brother's home.

He would not have been entitled to any Housing Benefit had he told the council the truth. He pleaded guilty in court to three offences under the Social Security Administration Act, and was sentenced to a term of imprisonment for 16 weeks suspended for 12 months.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours community service and ordered to pay full costs.

John Turner, Business Manager for Birmingham Audit at Birmingham City Council, said: “Since April this year alone we have taken legal action against 120 fraudsters and this case demonstrates our commitment to drive down the levels of benefit fraud across the city.

“We want people to have their rightful entitlement to benefit but those committing fraud will be rooted out”.

If anyone suspects someone of committing benefit fraud they should call the city council Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0121 303 9990.

All calls are confidential and callers can remain anonymous if they wish. Benefit fraud can also be reported online. To find out more information visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/bhamaudit

ENDS

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

 

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  1. Nick says:

    Does the full costs include repaying the benefits and if so over how long a period is he doing that?

    • geoffc says:

      He will be required to pay back in full, as all benefit cheats are. The matter has been referred to a debt collection agency because he has not made an offer of repayment.

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