Two benefit cheats who had claimed more than £135,000 have been jailed

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Two fraudsters have been sentenced to ten months behind bars for illegally claiming more than £135,000 in benefits.

Hannah Grigson, 38, and her partner Manzoor Qadar, 41, both of Green Street, Brimsdown were sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court for falsely claiming benefits since 2005.

Nine years ago, Grigson claimed for rent to pay her supposed landlord ‘Mr Oder’, who was in fact Qadar.

Three years later, Grigson bought a second property in Dishforth Lane, Barnet for £237,000 and failed to declare the change in circumstances to Enfield Borough Council.

Qader claimed housing benefit and income in his own name from this address.

In September 2009, Grigson moved to Winchmore Hill Road and told the local authority of her change. However, she failed to declare that she had purchased another property and continued to claim benefits.

Following an investigation, it was revealed that Grigson had fraudulently claimed £71,775 in housing benefit and £11,379 in council tax benefit from the authority between August 2006 and March 2012.

Councillor Andrew Stafford, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for finance and property, said: “It was gratifying to see a custodial sentence handed to this couple who spent many years cheating and fiddling the system.

“Benefits are there for those in need, not greedy individuals who think by concealing savings and property they can make a fortune from conning the taxpayer. Whenever another fraudster is caught it is fantastic news for everyone.”

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5:55pm Fri 4 Apr 14

enfieldres says...

No one cares about the ppl unless you are gippsy. Ppl who need it are rejected - I have lost HB and need to pay back 4,7k becasue I lost a jobseeker allowance due to "incomes" in my household are higher by "3" pounds - the problem is that I have no work since 2010 due to my illnes and can't find how they work out this figures. Now I'm waiting for notice from my LL probably then I will get chance for a Social House. Maybe that what Council want!

I'm not funny but them all assesors treat people like numbers and there is no matter about a ppl different situation. Them guys who earn lot of money by dewilng with a claims are lazy THIS a fact! they are sitting in a worm air conditionings rooms doing really nothing - if there is an issue they will tell you to write a letter with most likely will not change a lot.

I been even told that my situation is weird and they have never deal with case like mine. When I ask them then who can help me with my rent with is not paid since Dec13 - the answer is allways the same - write a letter and send it to us then every 3/4 weeks respond is the same - there is nothing to be change! Well as I said once I will buy a rope and hang up myself on a front o Civic Centre - probably then someone will be so kind to help my family deal with a debt made by unknown decisions and (stupid) systems

Someone will say go and do some work you **** and stop complain about non getting benefits - thats true, I was thinking the same before I lost job 2 years ago when had an accident and nearly lost leg and eye - now I can't do a long walk and lift. Thats only a part of my story - sorry to waste your time but I have enought with when reading a article like this. DO I'm jealous - maybe - them cheaters will have a roof on top of them heads but I'm not sure that me and my family will so lucky to deserve for it.
No one cares about the ppl unless you are gippsy. Ppl who need it are rejected - I have lost HB and need to pay back 4,7k becasue I lost a jobseeker allowance due to "incomes" in my household are higher by "3" pounds - the problem is that I have no work since 2010 due to my illnes and can't find how they work out this figures. Now I'm waiting for notice from my LL probably then I will get chance for a Social House. Maybe that what Council want! I'm not funny but them all assesors treat people like numbers and there is no matter about a ppl different situation. Them guys who earn lot of money by dewilng with a claims are lazy THIS a fact! they are sitting in a worm air conditionings rooms doing really nothing - if there is an issue they will tell you to write a letter with most likely will not change a lot. I been even told that my situation is weird and they have never deal with case like mine. When I ask them then who can help me with my rent with is not paid since Dec13 - the answer is allways the same - write a letter and send it to us then every 3/4 weeks respond is the same - there is nothing to be change! Well as I said once I will buy a rope and hang up myself on a front o Civic Centre - probably then someone will be so kind to help my family deal with a debt made by unknown decisions and (stupid) systems Someone will say go and do some work you **** and stop complain about non getting benefits - thats true, I was thinking the same before I lost job 2 years ago when had an accident and nearly lost leg and eye - now I can't do a long walk and lift. Thats only a part of my story - sorry to waste your time but I have enought with when reading a article like this. DO I'm jealous - maybe - them cheaters will have a roof on top of them heads but I'm not sure that me and my family will so lucky to deserve for it. enfieldres
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8:24am Sat 5 Apr 14

london organiser says...

42 % of HB payments in Enfield are recently arrived immigrants there's not enough money to go around.
You get what you vote for!
42 % of HB payments in Enfield are recently arrived immigrants there's not enough money to go around. You get what you vote for! london organiser
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