Hayes former restaurant owner caught defrauding council of £17,000
PUBLISHED: 11:56 11 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:35 11 April 2016
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Mohammed Mantu Miah pleaded guilty to defrauding the council
A former restaurant owner who conned Bromley Council out of housing and council tax benefit has been ordered to pay back some of the money he gained.
Mohammed Mantu Miah, 52, fraudulently obtained £14,985 of housing benefit and £2,043 worth of council tax benefit between 2011 and 2013.
The Rayfield Close resident claimed the benefits whilst renting a property in Addison Road, Bromley.
He claimed he was working as a waiter at Mintoos, but was in fact the owner of the business and the property.
Following an appearance at Bromley Magistrates Court, Miah opted to have a trial by jury at Croydon Crown Court on March 7 this year.
But on the morning of the trial, Miah changed his plea to guilty.
Miah was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to complete 50 hours of unpaid work.
He must also pay back £17,028 to Bromley Council and £6,000 towards legal costs and a victim surcharge to the court.
Further charges relating to a claim totalling £8,060.78 made by Mr Miah when he and his family were in temporary accommodation were not pursued but ordered to be left on file and will be recovered from Mr Miah directly by the Benefit Section.
A council spokesperson said: “This successful prosecution demonstrates our continued determination to prosecute any cheat who claims a benefit or allowance they are not entitled to. Stealing public money that is meant for those in genuine need is not tolerated.”
This case brings the total of Bromley benefit claimants prosecuted to 430 since Bromley Council and the Royal Borough of Greenwich started working in partnership to track, trace and prosecute benefit fraudsters.