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Fraudster jailed after claiming £145,000 in benefits
A fraudster who claimed more than £145,000 in benefits over an eight-year period has been jailed for 15 months.
Abiodun Jagun, 45, used a false identity and a fraudulent national insurance number so she could work undeclared for local housing associations and defraud the benefits system of thousands of pounds.
Harrow Crown Court heard how Jagun failed to declare ownership of a house in Griffin Road, Edgware, where she lived with her husband and children as she amassed a total of £145,127 in benefits from March 2003 to March 2012.
Jagun worked for English Churches Housing Association from 2003-2007 and Genesis Housing Association from 2007-2010 at their Wembley offices.
During that time, she racked up a total of £52,786.37 in housing benefits, £28,928.28 in income support overpayments, and £63,412.37 in child tax credits.
She also used two different national insurance numbers to claim benefits from 2005-2010 in Selwyn Court, Bacon Lane, Edgware and Cheney Avenue, Edgware.
She was sentenced on Friday, September 7 at Harrow Crown Court following an investigation by the Department for Work and Pensions, the HMRC and Harrow Council’s fraud investigation team.
Jagun will return to the court in March for a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.