‘Disabled’ girl, 50, who mentioned she was a single mom and ‘too ailing to work’ whereas claiming £260,000 of advantages was caught dwelling together with her companion and dancing at a marriage
- Nasreen Akhtar claimed advantages as a single guardian who was too ailing to work
- She mentioned she had ‘poor mobility’ however was later caught dancing at a marriage
- Throughout a raid, police discovered her in mattress with the companion she claimed had left her
Nasreen Akhtar mentioned she was disabled to say advantages
A girl who mentioned she was disabled and a single guardian with the intention to rip-off £260,000 of advantages was later caught in mattress together with her companion and seen dancing at a marriage.
Nasreen Akhtar, 50, fraudulently claimed £260,000 via a ‘advanced raft of advantages’ between 2002 and 2013 based mostly on being a single guardian with poor mobility who was too ailing to work, the Crown Prosecution Service mentioned.
However following a tip-off, Division of Work and Pensions investigators started covert surveillance of the Oldham mom in 2012.
The CPS mentioned that in a police raid on her house the next 12 months, the companion Akhtar claimed she didn’t have was present in her mattress.
Regardless of claiming she was ‘too ailing to work’ and had ‘poor mobility’ and ‘important care wants’, she was seen out and about together with her household and dancing at a marriage, it added.
Akhtar admitted seven counts of fraud in opposition to the native authority and the DWP, and at Manchester Crown Courtroom on Friday was jailed for 2 years.
Akhtar mentioned she was ‘too ailing to work’ and had ‘poor mobility’ however was seen dancing at a marriage (pictured)
Simon Tunnicliffe, of Mersey Cheshire CPS’s fraud unit, mentioned it had taken three years for it and the DWP to carry Akhtar to justice.
He added: ‘This was an especially advanced advantages fraud case that went method past the typical case.
‘It has taken the CPS and the DWP three years to carry this girl to justice as, shortly after the beginning of her trial in 2017, she tried, at additional price to the taxpayer, to have herself discovered unfit to face trial.
‘Earlier this 12 months we introduced much more compelling proof that Ms Akhtar was attempting to hoodwink the court docket and the decide determined that she was match and effectively sufficient to face trial.
‘On October 7 2019 on the pre-trial preparation listening to, within the face of a well-constructed case and overwhelming proof, Ms Akhtar pleaded responsible to a complete of seven counts of fraud in opposition to her native authority and the DWP.
Akhtar admitted seven counts of fraud in opposition to the native authority and the DWP and was jailed for 2 years
‘She has now been sentenced to 2 years in jail and Proceeds of Crime proceedings will start to get better taxpayers’ cash which is badly wanted elsewhere.’
The CPS mentioned that Akhtar had claimed housing profit and council tax aid as a single guardian for a home she rented, when she had truly owned it collectively together with her companion.
She additionally claimed earnings help as a single guardian reliant on profit money, when she owned different properties and had important financial savings, it added.
Prosecutors mentioned that Akhtar had claimed incapacity dwelling allowance as an individual with ‘extraordinarily poor mobility and important care wants’ and employment and help allowance as single guardian who was ‘too ailing to work’.
However she was seen out and about together with her household and dancing at a marriage.
A DWP spokesman added: ‘Profit fraud is a criminal offense that diverts cash from those that really want it. Along with any sentence imposed by the court docket, individuals should pay again all the cash they falsely obtained.
‘We’ve zero tolerance of anybody fraudulently claiming advantages and can take swift motion to analyze, supporting our companions and prosecutors to carry them to justice.’