Benefit fraudster goes to prison

By on 20/08/2010 in News

A Winson Green resident who pretended to be a needy citizen when he actually owned his property has been jailed after a benefit fraud investigation by Birmingham City Council.

Chaman Teji, 45, of Perrott Street, fraudulently obtained Housing Benefit worth £4,396.20 and was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment at Birmingham Crown Court today (August 20).

His deception, which related to six offences under the Social Security Administration Act, was uncovered by Birmingham City Council investigators.

Teji presented himself as needy tenant while disguising the fact that he was the legitimate owner of the property he was living in and claiming benefit from.

Cllr Randal Brew, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “These are tough times for everyone but committing benefit fraud simply cannot be condoned.

“This case demonstrates how committed we are to driving 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.”

Anyone who suspects someone of committing benefit fraud should call the city council Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0121 303 9990.

All calls are confidential and people can remain anonymous if they wish. Benefit fraud can also be reported online. For full details visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/bhamaudit

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