Three more fraudsters brought to justice

By on 15/11/2010 in News

Three benefit fraudsters who tried to cheat almost £30,000 from the public purse have been prosecuted by the city council in separate cases on November 12 at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.

Kaneez Begum, 31, of Farndon Road, Washwood Heath was caught fiddling benefits paid by Birmingham City Council costing the tax payer £13,147.

She was foiled by City Council investigators who unravelled her deception when they uncovered the facts behind claims for Housing Benefit in relation to a property which she owned.

Begum presented claims to benefit on behalf of her tenants stating that they were not related. However, the claims were a lie as they were related by marriage.

There would have been no entitlement to any Housing Benefit had the council been told the truth at the outset of the claim.

Begum pleaded guilty in court to two offences under the Social Security Administration Act and was sentenced to 12 weeks custody suspended for 12 months, and 180 hours' unpaid work with 12 months supervision.

Perminder Kaur, 34, of Cardinal Close, Edgbaston received an 18-month community order after claiming housing benefit worth £7,392 that she was not entitled to.

Kaur, who pleaded guilty in court to four offences, presented herself as needy tenant while disguising the fact that she was the joint owner of the property she was claiming benefit from.

Elizabeth Feix, 62, of Morar Close, Castle Vale was sentenced to a 12-month community order.

This follwed a joint investigation by the City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, which uncovered fraudulently claimed benefits costing the taxpayer £9, 344.

Feix had presented herself as needy tenant who was unemployed, while disguising the fact that she had been working. When Feix first appeared in Court she pleaded guilty in Court to five offences under the Social Security Administration Act.

Cllr Randal Brew, Cabinet Member for Finance at Birmingham City Council, said: “We have repeatedly said that we will leave no stone unturned when it comes to ensuring that only those who are entitled to benefit receive payments.

“These three cases mean we have now taken legal action against 476 fraudsters since April of this year, and we will not stop.

“Public finances are facing the biggest challenge in memory, and by working with our partners such as the Department for Work and Pensions, we will do all we can to uphold the integrity of the benefits system.”

Anyone who suspects that someone may be committing benefit fraud should call the Birmingham 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

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