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Suspended jail sentences for benefit fraud couple

20th August 2015

 Mr Abdul Diallo and Mrs Kadiatou Diallo were sentenced to jail at St Albans Magistrates Court after fraudulently claiming Housing and Council Tax benefits (Wednesday 12 August).

 Three Rivers’ lead member for resources, Cllr Matthew Bedford, said:

“Public money is intended to fund services to the community and we will not hesitate to prosecute people who have committed benefit fraud.  I would encourage residents to contact the Council in confidence if they have any suspicions of wrongdoing.”

Mr Abdul Diallo and Mrs Kadiatou Diallo, of Lincoln Drive, South Oxhey, had failed to inform Three Rivers District Council about Mr Diallo’s property ownership and employment status. Mr Diallo was also found to have two national insurance numbers, one for his employment and the other for his claim for Housing and Council Tax benefits. 

Three Rivers District Council’s benefits team calculated that Mr and Mrs Diallo had been overpaid Housing Benefit and Council Tax benefit between 15 November 2004 to 9 June 2014amounting to £46,814.41 as a result of their fraud.  Mr Diallo was found to have made 12 false claims and his wife had made nine false claims. 

The couple pleaded guilty and Mrs Diallo was sentenced to a period of 14 months custody suspended for 18 months concurrent. Additionally, a £500 fine per offence will be payable making a total of £4,500. Mr Diallo was sentenced to 14 months custody suspended for 18 months. Additionally, he must complete 250 hours of unpaid work. Mr Diallo was also fined a total £6,000 (£500 per offence).

Three Rivers District Council was awarded £910 prosecution costs.  Confiscation proceedings have now started to recover the money in full which has been overpaid.

You can report benefit fraud to the Council in complete confidence on freephone 0800 458 9200 or by email.

 

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