Fraudster goes to prison

By on 27/01/2011 in News

A benefit fraudster from Aston who falsely claimed more than £21,000 was today (January 27) sentenced to six months in prison.

Mohammed Razzaque, 39, of Bevington Road made the fraudulent claims on behalf of his parents and he was caught out following an investigation by Birmingham City Council.

During their enquiries the investigators found that Razzaque's wife owned a house in Whitehead Road, Aston, where false claims for benefit were made.

Razzaque provided false information to the City Council by failing to disclose that his wife was related to the tenants who are in fact his parents.

He pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to two offences under the Social Security Administration Act, and in total the fraudulently obtained cash cost the taxpayer £21,435.

Cllr Randal Brew, Cabinet Member for Finance at Birmingham City Council, said: “This case shows that we are continuing to take a zero-tolerance approach to the problem of benefit fraud and should act as a stark warning to anyone who is tempted to do this.

“The amount of money we are talking about in this case is staggering - there are many hardworking citizens in Birmingham who struggle to earn £21,000 in a year.

“For that much to be taken from a benefit system, which is rightly there to help the most vulnerable, is not acceptable and we will use all the powers we have to bring offenders to justice.”

If anyone suspects someone of committing benefit fraud, they can call the City Council Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0121 303 9990.

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

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