Welfare benefit cheats sentenced after claiming more than £80,000

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Four people who wrongly claimed more than £80,000 in welfare benefits have been sentenced at Tottenham Magistrates Court.

Pinar Kilinc, of Southbury Road, Enfield, pleaded guilty for failing to notify Enfield Council of a change in her circumstances and was sentenced to 80 hours' unpaid work and ordered to pay £550 towards prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Pascale Lombulu, of Manor Court, Enfield, admitted dishonestly making a false statement and a charge of dishonestly failing to promptly notify Enfield Council of a change in her circumstances.

She was sentenced to 100 hours' unpaid work and ordered to pay £550 towards prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Karoonah Bungsraz, of Waverley Road, Enfield, was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for one year, and ordered to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to a charge of dishonestly making a false statement.

She was also ordered to pay £550 towards prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £80.

Adelar Difika, of Beechwood Mews, Edmonton, pleaded guilty to two charges of dishonestly making false statements.

Councillor Andrew Stafford, cabinet member for finance and property, said: “These people wilfully and deliberately lied about their circumstances and declared that they should receive benefits they were not entitled to.

“Enfield Council takes benefit fraud extremely seriously, and we will always work with our partners to uncover and prosecute anyone we find who is on the fiddle.”

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4:03pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Andy_Pagin says...

So assuming Adelar Difika gets about 100hrs and a £550 + £60 fine...
For an average fraud of £20,000 they get an average fine of £615 and have to work an average 95 hours each...

So they each profit by £19,385 which they in effect 'earn' at an hourly rate of £204 per hour - tax free. WOWEE!! who says crime doesn't pay.
So assuming Adelar Difika gets about 100hrs and a £550 + £60 fine... For an average fraud of £20,000 they get an average fine of £615 and have to work an average 95 hours each... So they each profit by £19,385 which they in effect 'earn' at an hourly rate of £204 per hour - tax free. WOWEE!! who says crime doesn't pay. Andy_Pagin
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8:29am Wed 19 Mar 14

Enfieldian14 says...

This makes me so angry - those sentences are absolutely derisory. Make these thieving low life sumbags pay back every penny, and refuse them any further benefits until they have done so.
This makes me so angry - those sentences are absolutely derisory. Make these thieving low life sumbags pay back every penny, and refuse them any further benefits until they have done so. Enfieldian14
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