19 Jun 2014

Jail for housing benefit thief who was a child actor

A 31 year-old former child actor from Anerley was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court after pleading guilty to defrauding four local authorities out of £30,524.44 in housing benefit. (h/t Dave)

Jason Stracey, also known as Kieron Jason Stracey, Jason Elliott and Jason Jacobs, provided false documents to Bromley, Royal Greenwich, Croydon and Lambeth councils in order to claim housing benefit over a number of years. The four local authorities began the joint fraud investigation after a landlord became suspicious having found post at a claimed address but not in the name of their tenant.

At the hearing the judge stated the fraud Mr Stracey had carried out was ‘professionally planned’ and fraudulent from the outset. It spanned a long period of time, was made under a number of identities and totalled in excess of £30,000. Given Mr Stracey had not agreed to or paid back any of the monies owed he was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment. In addition, the judge awarded prosecution costs of £4,460.47.

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