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16 Oct 2018

Sentencing for benefit fraud deferred

A woman has apologised after illegally claiming thousands of pounds in benefits.

Razean Begum Afsar, from Middlesbrough, failed to tell the Department of Works and Pensions that she had more savings than was allowed.

Now the 55-year-old has been brought before Teesside magistrates where she admitted five charges.

But after learning there was a proceeds of crime element to the case the hearing was adjourned to a later date at Teesside Crown Court.

Afsar pleaded guilty to committing fraud in that between February 8, 2013 and April 24, 2013 at Middlesbrough she failed to disclose to the Department for Work and Pensions that she had capital in excess of the permitted limits, intending to make a gain of £1,103.70 in Income Support.

She also admitted that on April 25, 2013 at Middlesbrough she committed fraud by dishonestly making a false representation, in that she had no capital in excess of the permitted limits, intending to make a gain of £2007.60 in Employment Support Allowance.

Further charges of dishonestly making a false statement covering claiming Employment Support Allowance in 2013, Job Seekers Allowance in June 2015 and Income Support in 2015 while having the excess capital were also admitted.

Amy Levitt, defending, told the hearing her client was sorry for what had happened.

She said: “She does wish to express her deep remorse and regret. She is extremely apologetic for her actions.”

Afsar was granted unconditional bail until sentencing at Teesside Crown Court.

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