11 Sep 2018

Benefits cheat claimed £9k while working as Uber driver

A taxi driver has admitted claiming nearly £9,500 in benefits while working for Uber.

Mohammed Chowdhury, 51, was found driving for the company in Cardiff last year but had been claiming benefits without declaring that he had taken on the job.

On Wednesday Cardiff Magistrates' Court heard Chowdhury received a total of £9,460.14 in Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance between June 2016 and May 2017.

During the one-year period he declared a part-time job as a self-employed taxi driver but failed to notify authorities after starting at Uber.

After being invited to the DWP, Chowdhury confirmed his job as an Uber driver and told interviewers he had "financial difficulties" following legal disputes with Uber, Cardiff council and Rhondda Cynon Taf council, the court heard.

He told interviewers he was "unsure whether he would have to pay his income back and therefore did not declare it".

The court heard Chowdhury had originally started claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in December 2014 for both him and his wife.

In November 2016 the taxi driver declared himself "too sick to work" but was found able to seek employment following a medical examination six months later.

It was accepted that his claims were not "initially fraudulent".

Speaking through an interpreter, Chowdhury admitted a single count of fraud by dishonestly failing to disclose his change of status.

Speaking through an interpreter? He was an Uber driver. Why did we pay for this?

He will be sentenced on September 12 after a probation report is carried out.

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