9 Jul 2013

Light sentences for Rochdale benefit thieves

Mohammed Islam, 67, of Brooklands Court, Rochdale, failed to declare to Rochdale Borough Council or the Department for Work and Pensions that he owned a second property, mortgage free, estimated to be worth £250,000 and lied about being in receipt of a private pension. Islam was ordered to pay a fine of £800; costs of £800 and a £80 victim surcharge. Islam paid back the full amount he claimed dishonestly, to the sum of £6,082 before his court appearance.

That's nothing to Mohammed Islam. He should have had to repay twice what he'd stolen.

Gemma Caffrey (31), of Jepheys Street, who provided false documents and failed to declare income going into a hidden bank account, pleaded guilty to charges of fraudulently claiming housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support totalling almost £27,000. She received a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years along with a Community Order to carry out 150 hours unpaid work in accordance with the ‘New Direction Activity’. She will also have to repay £20,681 to the council and £6,108 to the Department for Work and Pensions.

She has owned her own home for many years so this should not present too great a problem.

h/t Dave for both

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