28 Mar 2013

Benefit thief had been DWP adviser

Where do you start with this? Disability fraud, assets fraud, employment fraud - and one of his jobs was with the DWP. They sacked him back in 2010 but his case has only come to court in 2013. And the separate confiscation hearing is set for July.

A benefits adviser who claimed he was blind and disabled has been jailed after it emerged he fraudulently received £106,000 in handouts.

Kelvin Kalloo, 35, spent six years claiming sick pay from the Department for Work and Pensions while secretly driving and working as a builder. He also worked on a market stall.

He had worked for the DWP as a welfare rights adviser and used his “professional know-how” to claim the disability benefit. He said he had been partially blinded in a car crash, was unable to walk unaided and had bone cancer.

But he was caught after fraud investigators spotted him working. Kalloo, who owned four houses and had spent tens of thousands on a credit card, was jailed for two and a half years for the fraudulent claims.

He was sacked from the DWP for gross misconduct in August 2010 after his crimes came to light.

Investigators discovered that he had scammed £70,000 in benefits from Brent Council between 2002 and 2008 and £27,500 from Bedfordshire County Council between 2002 and 2006.

Kalloo also went on to make a further £5,700 claim from Bedfordshire between 2009 and 2010 and wrongly claimed a total of £106,687.40.

Jailing the married father of one, Judge John Dodd QC attacked Kalloo’s “breathtaking dishonesty”:
We have a system of benefits in this country and while it may not be perfect it is a vital part of our society and values.

Those who abuse the benefits system in the way which you have must expect to be punished with prison.

You have diverted resources away from those in real need of them and also arguably helped to make it more difficult for those in real need to prove their need.

You also by your actions have served to undermine the confidence the public have in the proper and fair operation of the benefits system.
The fraudster slept through his sentencing at Harrow Crown Court – and could be heard snoring loudly.

A confiscation of assets hearing has been listed for July.

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