Benefit cheat must hand back cash

Bury Times: Bolton Crown Court Bolton Crown Court

A BENEFIT cheat has been ordered to pay almost £45,000 back - or face 15 months behind bars.

Tanveer Rashid, aged 44, of Albert Avenue, Prestwich, received housing benefit payments from Bury Council over eight years in respect of his mother.

He claimed she was the sole occupant of the Albert Avenue house and that he, who owned the house, lived with his sister in Crumpsall.

Investigators suspected Rashid, an electrician, lived with his mother when they checked records.

They found that he had given Albert Avenue as his home address on more than 20 credit applications, and also for his driving licence, car insurance and employment records.

Last July, Rashid appeared at Bolton Crown Court and admitted fraudulently claiming £35,076 in housing benefits.

He was given a suspended jail term and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

Financial investigators then looked into Rashid's accounts, leading to a proceeds of crime hearing at the same court on Friday.

Rashid was ordered to repay £44,929.49 within six months and would be jailed for 15 months if not.

He would still be required to pay the cash back on his release, should that happen.

Rashid must also pay £6,274 court costs to the council.

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7:53pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Babbar Divino says...

Not, of course, that I am condoning fraudulently claiming benefits but I wonder if the Bank Assistant in the story above has to pay back the £573,730 that he stole after he is released from prison?
Not, of course, that I am condoning fraudulently claiming benefits but I wonder if the Bank Assistant in the story above has to pay back the £573,730 that he stole after he is released from prison? Babbar Divino
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12:16pm Thu 6 Mar 14

alp2005 says...

how was he able to rent his house to his mother in the first place
how was he able to rent his house to his mother in the first place alp2005
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12:32pm Thu 6 Mar 14

buckfeed17 says...

Well done to the courts
Well done to the courts buckfeed17
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4:28pm Fri 7 Mar 14

T'Marcus says...

Well, 15 months, less for good behaviour, for £45,000 if he doesn't pay it back is quite a good return for him.
The court should send him down for six years and then paid all of his ill-gotten gains back to the public purse.
Well, 15 months, less for good behaviour, for £45,000 if he doesn't pay it back is quite a good return for him. The court should send him down for six years and then paid all of his ill-gotten gains back to the public purse. T'Marcus
  • Score: -4

8:34pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Babbar Divino says...

T'Marcus wrote:
Well, 15 months, less for good behaviour, for £45,000 if he doesn't pay it back is quite a good return for him.
The court should send him down for six years and then paid all of his ill-gotten gains back to the public purse.
Are we all reading the same story.
[quote][p][bold]T'Marcus[/bold] wrote: Well, 15 months, less for good behaviour, for £45,000 if he doesn't pay it back is quite a good return for him. The court should send him down for six years and then paid all of his ill-gotten gains back to the public purse.[/p][/quote]Are we all reading the same story. Babbar Divino
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