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Two cases of benefit fraud prosecuted by Bromley Council

PUBLISHED: 09:02 28 November 2014 | UPDATED: 09:02 28 November 2014

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These cases bring the total of prosecutions to 381.

In the first case Hishom Elkot, 53 of Thirlmere Rise, Bromley defrauded Bromley Council out of council tax benefits totalling £5,904 from December 2007 to April 2013.

He also defrauded the DWP out of employment and support allowance and incapacity benefits totalling £39,141 over a similar period.

A National Fraud Initiative data matching exercise led to an investigation that showed Mr Elkot had failed to declare that he was working, had earned a considerable sum and had also failed to declare bank accounts.

Mr Elkot pleaded guilty to three charges of fraud at Croydon Crown Court.

He was sentenced on November 6 to 26 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years, a 6 month dusk to dawn electronically enforced curfew and ordered to pay Bromley Council £2,500 in costs within six months.

As well as having a criminal record he will have to pay the full amount back to Bromley Council and the DWP.

In the second case a couple, Andrew Knott, 55, and Carol Knott 59, formerly of Sumner Close, Farnborough, defrauded Bromley Council out of council and housing benefits totalling £5,310 from August 2011 to March 2014.

They also defrauded the DWP out of employment and support allowance totalling £9,163 over a similar period.

An anonymous allegation led to an investigation that showed Mr and Mrs Knott had not declared capital that they held in undeclared bank accounts.

The couple pleaded guilty to fraud and were each sentenced on November 5 at Bromley Magistrates Court.

Mr Knott received a six month prison sentence suspended for two years, a four month dusk to dawn electronically enforced curfew, ordered to pay £350 costs and a £80 victim surcharge.

Mrs Knott received a 4 month prison sentence suspended for two years, a two month dusk to dawn electronically enforced curfew, ordered to pay £350 costs and £80 victim surcharge.

Although the couple repaid the overpayment they will still have criminal records.

Cllr Neil Reddin Chairman of Bromley’s Audit Committee said: “These cases demonstrate how cooperation with other bodies and the importance of receiving information from any sources can lead to cheats being caught and prosecuted. We must protect public funds and ensure they are used only for people in genuine need.”

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