17 Mar 2016

Housing officer sublet home

A housing officer has been found guilty of subletting his housing association property.

Abayomi Carew, formerly of Keynes Court, Thamesmead, was given a 12-month community punishment order with 180 hours unpaid work for illegally subletting his Gallions Housing Association property.

Checks on Mr Carew by Greenwich council officers found that he had purchased a two-bedroom house in Grays, Essex in 2002 which he sold in 2004 and purchased a three-bedroom house in Purfleet, Essex – both of which he had been living in.

It was also found that Carew, 59, had been working as a housing officer with the London borough of Ealing since 2012.

Mr Carew, who pleaded not guilty to one charge under the Fraud Act, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court following a two-day trial at which he was found guilty.

He was also ordered to pay the council costs of £4,272 within three months and to pay a victim surcharge of £60.

The case is the first prosecution arising from work undertaken by Greenwich council officers in partnership with local Registered Social Landlords (RSLs). Previous investigations have led to the recovery of 23 homes.

Councillor Maureen O’Mara, the cabinet member for customer services, said: “The demand for social housing, by people who are in genuine need is at an all-time high for all social housing providers. Due to the excellent joint working of ourselves and the Gallions Housing Association, we have managed to catch another housing fraudster so that justice can be served and homes reclaimed for those who do need them."

Nicci Talbot-Morris, the head of neighbourhoods at the Peabody Group, of which GHA is a part, said: “Peabody is committed to ensuring that people do not use our homes to profit from the shortage of affordable housing in London. We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Royal Greenwich to recover this property that can now be offered to people who are in genuine housing need.”


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