1 Mar 2015

Illegal immigrant jailed for £100k benefit fraud

An illegal migrant who swindled almost £100,000 of taxpayers’ cash in benefits while evading authorities for 14 years has been jailed for four years.

Lillian Wade, 55, arrived at Gatwick airport from Jamaica in 1999 but was granted only temporary admission.

However, a court heard she stayed on and fraudulently obtained two British passports.

In 2000 she started work as a cleaner at Sandwell Council in the West Midlands under the false name of Yvette Logan.

During her four-year employment she earned £30,000 before she quit due to an injury.

Wade, who lived in Tipton, went on to collect £99,729 in incapacity benefit, income support, employment and support allowance and disability living allowance.

Her applications prompted the Department for Work and Pensions to contact a British woman, also called Yvette Logan, from London, who had claimed benefits, the court heard.

The DWP initially believed there was a mix-up and issued Wade with a new National Insurance number.

She then fraudulently obtained a second passport in the name of Katherine Dunnaway.

By 2013 suspicions were raised and police asked to see her passport.

She handed over the fake passport in the name of Yvette Logan but was not arrested until last November after the DWP carried out an inquiry.

At Wolverhampton Crown Court, Wade admitted cheating the public revenue and obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception by falsely saying she was a British citizen.

Wade also pleaded guilty on Wednesday to being in possession of an identity document with improper intention and possession of a false identity document with intent.

Sentencing her, Judge Helen Hughes said: “You knew you shouldn’t be in this country.”

Howard Searle, prosecuting, said Wade would probably be deported after her sentence.


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