Oldham woman jailed for 2 years for benefit fraud.
Date published: 14 October 2019
Nasreen Akhtar, caught dancing.
Oldham woman, Nasreen Akhtar, 50, has been sentenced to a custodial sentence of two years at Manchester Magistrates' Court.
She had pleaded guilty to committing benefit fraud totalling more than £261,000, having made claims for Income Support, Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance, as well as Housing benefit and Council Tax Benefit, over a number of years as a single parent, even though she was married.
In relation to the charges for disability benefits, surveillance was undertaken by DWP investigators, which found that her health and mobility was not as suggested in her application.
A DWP spokesman said:
"Benefit fraud is a crime that diverts money from those who really need it. In addition to any sentence imposed by the court, people must pay back all the money they falsely obtained.
"We have zero tolerance of anyone fraudulently claiming benefits and will take swift action to investigate, supporting our partners and prosecutors to bring them to justice."
Anyone who suspects someone of fraudulently claiming benefits can call the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440.
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