Landlord gets suspended sentence

By on 13/05/2011 in News

A Handsworth man who funded a mortgage on his own property by making false housing benefit claims on behalf of his mother was yesterday (May 12) sentenced to 12-week suspended prison sentence.

Ukil Miah, 26, of Osborne Road, was prosecuted by Birmingham City Council in relation to the claims, which totalled £11,117.

Birmingham Crown Court heard Miah owned the house in Osborne Road, a fact that was concealed when Housing Benefit claims were made by him on behalf of his mother.

Miah provided a false tenancy agreement in support of the claim, and failed to declare both the fact that he owned the property and that he was related to the applicant.

He then used the monies falsely obtained to fund his mortgage on the property. At court, he pleaded guilty to three offences under the Social Security Administration Act.

Miah received a sentence of 12 weeks in prison, suspended for one year for each of the offences. He was also given a 12-month community order and told to pay £250 in costs.

Cllr Randal Brew, Cabinet Member for Finance, at Birmingham City Council, said: “This case is a stark warning to those that commit benefit fraud.

“Birmingham City Council took successful legal action against 733 fraudsters last year - if you commit this benefit fraud we will catch you and you could go to prison.”

If anyone suspects a case of benefit fraud, they should call the council's Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0121 303 9990.

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

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