22
October
2013
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00:00
Europe/London

Benefit cheat brothers pay the price for rental scam


Two brothers from Harehills who defrauded Leeds City Council out of £23,000 in housing benefit, were sentenced yesterday (Tuesday 22 October) at Leeds Crown Court.



Amrez Hussain (34) and Parvez Hussain (36) both of Alcester Place Leeds, were both given a six month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, as well as 200 hours unpaid work, for their joint scam in which Amrez claimed housing benefit for a property he did not live at.



The scam was uncovered when the real tenant at the property raised concerns with Leeds City Council’s benefit fraud team, who then discovered that Amrez was claiming housing benefit there, whilst living at another property. The court also heard that Parvez assisted with the fraud by acting as the landlord for the property.



Investigations by the council’s fraud team, with organisations including the DWP, local doctors and education authority, proved that Amrez did not live at the property for which he had been claiming housing benefit between 2003 and 2010.



Steve Carey, chief officer for welfare and benefits at Leeds City Council said:

“This shows how thorough investigations can help wheedle out those people who are claiming money which they are simply not entitled to.



“Fraudulently claiming benefits is taking money away from those genuinely in need.



“We will always do our best to help those who need our help, but we will not hesitate to act when people take advantage for their own gain.”



The brothers have now paid all the money back to Leeds City Council.





ENDS

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