New Malden couple jailed for elaborate £100,000 benefits scam

Surrey Comet: Couple jailed for elaborate £100,000 benefits scam Couple jailed for elaborate £100,000 benefits scam

A husband and wife who stole £100,000 from the taxpayer have been jailed.

Abiodun Ganiat Animashaun, 50, and her husband Kehinde Ade Solate, 60, created dual identities in an elaborate scheme to con Merton Council and Hammersmith & Fulham Council out of £96,256 in housing benefits.

Between December 2004 and September 2010, while living at their home in Seaforth Avenue, New Malden, the couple created aliases, of Mary Williams and Kehinde Sina Williams Solate.

Using these aliases, they illegally sub-let a housing association flat in Gledstanes Road, West Kensington, where Animashaun claimed she lived as a single mother collecting benefits from Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

The couple fabricated a tenancy agreement claiming Animashaun was the tenant and her husband was the landlord, despite the fact that they were living together in New Malden in a house owned by Solate.

False tenancy agreements for three other address were also forged for a house in Sandy Hill Road in Plumstead and two separate addresses in Tavistock Place in Central London in order to claim benefits from Merton Council.

As well as having two names, Animashaun also had two national insurance numbers.

An investigation by the councils and police in July 2011 found links to prove that Animashaun and Williams were the same person after documents in the name of Mary Williams, but with a national insurance number belonging to Amimashaun, were uncovered.

After an eight day trial at Kingston Crown Court, the pair were found guilty of 16 fraud offences.

Animashaun was jailed for 14 months and Solate for 18 months on Tuesday (December 4).

A spokesman for Merton Council said: "We will not tolerate any type of fraud in Merton.

"Housing benefit is for those in need and we will come down hard on anyone who is stealing from the public purse."

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1:44pm Wed 12 Dec 12

bellboy007 says...

Absolutely pathetic sentence. No doubt with "good behaviour" they will be out in a year give or take whilst they fleeced the best part of £100k out of the tax payer. Disgusting. I notice also it doesn't disclose the arrangements of how they are going tro pay it back or what amount they were fined. I guarantee though whatever amount they have to pay it will be no where near the amount you would pay back if loaned a £100k legitimately.
Absolutely pathetic sentence. No doubt with "good behaviour" they will be out in a year give or take whilst they fleeced the best part of £100k out of the tax payer. Disgusting. I notice also it doesn't disclose the arrangements of how they are going tro pay it back or what amount they were fined. I guarantee though whatever amount they have to pay it will be no where near the amount you would pay back if loaned a £100k legitimately. bellboy007
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2:47pm Wed 12 Dec 12

tjames says...

MPs get away with it!
MPs get away with it! tjames
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2:54pm Wed 12 Dec 12

tjames says...

can we deport them?
can we deport them? tjames
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6:08pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Hove Ex-Pat says...

They have been convicted. So why no photos of the criminals? people living in the areas where they lived, & claimed should know what they look like, especially bearing in mind the ridiculous low sentences to them both.
They have been convicted. So why no photos of the criminals? people living in the areas where they lived, & claimed should know what they look like, especially bearing in mind the ridiculous low sentences to them both. Hove Ex-Pat
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10:36pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Surreydon says...

tjames wrote:
can we deport them?
I doubt it. In fact the way the country is going, I'm surprised they received any punishment......
[quote][p][bold]tjames[/bold] wrote: can we deport them?[/p][/quote]I doubt it. In fact the way the country is going, I'm surprised they received any punishment...... Surreydon
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9:07am Thu 13 Dec 12

Prince Philip of Greece says...

Surreydon wrote:
tjames wrote:
can we deport them?
I doubt it. In fact the way the country is going, I'm surprised they received any punishment......
Is that the door to casual racism we hear creaking open?
[quote][p][bold]Surreydon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tjames[/bold] wrote: can we deport them?[/p][/quote]I doubt it. In fact the way the country is going, I'm surprised they received any punishment......[/p][/quote]Is that the door to casual racism we hear creaking open? Prince Philip of Greece
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9:09am Thu 13 Dec 12

Prince Philip of Greece says...

Let's face it, if they'd been a company defrauding HMRC out of its due, they'd have been offered a sweetheart deal...
Let's face it, if they'd been a company defrauding HMRC out of its due, they'd have been offered a sweetheart deal... Prince Philip of Greece
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10:37am Thu 13 Dec 12

Surreydon says...

Prince Philip of Greece wrote:
Surreydon wrote:
tjames wrote:
can we deport them?
I doubt it. In fact the way the country is going, I'm surprised they received any punishment......
Is that the door to casual racism we hear creaking open?
Oh get a life!
[quote][p][bold]Prince Philip of Greece[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Surreydon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tjames[/bold] wrote: can we deport them?[/p][/quote]I doubt it. In fact the way the country is going, I'm surprised they received any punishment......[/p][/quote]Is that the door to casual racism we hear creaking open?[/p][/quote]Oh get a life! Surreydon
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1:43pm Thu 13 Dec 12

tjames says...

is prince a socialist
is prince a socialist tjames
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11:02am Fri 14 Dec 12

Prince Philip of Greece says...

tjames wrote:
is prince a socialist
Is the Pope a catholic?
[quote][p][bold]tjames[/bold] wrote: is prince a socialist[/p][/quote]Is the Pope a catholic? Prince Philip of Greece
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11:22am Fri 14 Dec 12

tjames says...

one pope was jewish
one pope was jewish tjames
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