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10 Mar 2013

Former councillor was benefit thief

A former Newham councillor has been given a suspended prison sentence for falsely claiming almost £44,000 in housing and Council Tax benefits.

Mian Muhammad Aslam, 67, from Manor Park, was also ordered to pay £3,500 costs within 12 months for five charges of fraud. He had denied them all.

Aslam, who served as a councillor in the former Upton ward from 1986 to 1998, was told by a judge at Inner London Crown Court that he was spared jail because of his age and ill health. The sentence is suspended for two years.

He had put in claims for housing and council tax benefit between 2002 and 2008 However, Newham fraud investigators discovered from data searches that he had been receiving a Transport for London pension since 1994 which he had not declared. As a result of this fraud, he had been overpaid almost £35,400 in housing benefit and nearly £8,350 in council tax benefit.

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