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14 Jul 2014

Light sentence for 5 year benefit fraud

A Stretford man who had more than £60,000 savings has been sentenced for falsely claiming benefits.

Kemal Arifsalih, 48, declared he had no capital, savings or investments in the UK or abroad when he submitted an application to Trafford Council for benefits.

However, he failed to declare that he had more than £60,000 savings in a building society account which was in his son’s name.

This resulted in an overpayment of housing and council tax benefits between June 2006 and October 2011, totalling more than £25,500.

He was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on July 3 and was handed a 12-month community order requiring him to undertake 120 hours unpaid work.

Trafford Council is also recovering all the falsely claimed money.

Executive councillor for finance, Cllr Patrick Myers, said: “We are determined to recover all money falsely claimed and we urge our communities to be on the lookout for those making fraudulent claims from the public purse.”

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