Brent Council continues to wage war on benefit fraud and has secured six separate convictions in the last month against Brent residents who have claimed thousands of pounds of benefits illegally.
The six cheats who fraudulently claimed around £190,000 of benefits include a midwife who lied about her earnings, three tenants who lied about their landlords, a secret property owner, a woman who had thousands of pounds of savings and a fitness instructor who claimed not to have a job.
They have all been found guilty and given a variety of sentences including time in prison, tagging, curfews and community service.
Lead Member for Resources, Cllr Muhammed Butt, said: “I hope this sends a clear message that fraud is crime and crime does not pay. We will pursue anyone who is claiming benefits they are not entitled to. Benefits are for the borough’s most needy residents and not to supplement the lifestyle of greedy fraudsters.”
Brent will continue to pursue fraudsters – through civil courts if necessary – until full repayment of money claimed is made.
To report someone claiming benefits they are not entitled to, call free phone 0800 937 777.