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25 Jul 2014

Jail for two housing benefit frauds

An Ealing student and a Hanwell man have been sent to prison for fraudulently claiming thousands in housing benefits after failing to notify Ealing Council of changes in their circumstances.

Taha Hussein, 33, was sentenced to eight weeks for failing to say he was a student and receiving student benefits, as well as holding undeclared bank accounts. As a result, he was overpaid more than £11,000 in housing benefits from 2006-08.

In a separate case, Saeid Eskandari, 37, was jailed for six weeks for claiming benefits he knew he was not entitled to. Returned post from the Hanwell address, where he no longer lived, sparked an investigation by the council’s fraud team which revealed he had dishonestly claimed more than £14,800 in benefits over 17 months from October 2010 to March 2012.

Both men pleaded guilty and were sentenced at Ealing Magistrates’ Court. The council is seeking to recover all money overpaid.

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