Fraudster who claimed benefits pretending he didn't know his own mother has been ordered to pay back thousands

A man who pretended he didn’t know his own mother to claim thousands in benefits has been ordered to pay it back.

Hiren Patel, of Graham Road in Wealdstone, spent nearly four years claiming money as a ‘paying guest’ at his own home.

The 32-year-old even signed a letter claiming the two weren’t related when in fact, he jointly owned the residence with his mother.

The investigation by Harrow Council discovered that Mr Patel was compelled to support his mother and his wife and different residences as they didn’t get along.

He has been ordered to pay £5,353 in compensation, pay £1,000 towards prosecution costs, and a £60 victim surcharge.

Councillor Susan Hall, Leader of Harrow Council, said: “This is a disgraceful example of a dishonest man deliberately stealing valuable resources from people who really need them. We are determined to root out this criminal behaviour, on behalf of the taxpayers of Harrow, and the residents who legitimately need these benefits.”

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6:09pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Gredenko says...

Yet another thief allowed to steal what was not his due to the absence of any controls in the benefit system, makes me so angry how easy it is to defraud the system because of the pressure placed on the authorities to pay as quickly as possible without the proper due diligence
Yet another thief allowed to steal what was not his due to the absence of any controls in the benefit system, makes me so angry how easy it is to defraud the system because of the pressure placed on the authorities to pay as quickly as possible without the proper due diligence Gredenko

12:17pm Sat 28 Dec 13

SeaBee says...

We all might as well scam the system. The likelihood of being caught is miniscule and the actual (as opposed to potential) penalties laughable.
We all might as well scam the system. The likelihood of being caught is miniscule and the actual (as opposed to potential) penalties laughable. SeaBee

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