Fraudster claimed more than £6,000 in housing benefits

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A man who fraudulently claimed more than £6,000 in benefits has been given a conditional discharge.

David Aninakwah was sentenced to a 24-month conditional discharge after claiming £5,157 in housing benefit and £1,715 in jobseekers allowance over a four-year period.

The 29-year-old, formerly of Swan House, in High Street, Enfield, admitted dishonestly failing to notify Enfield Borough Council Department of Work and Pensions that he had become a student and received £20,701 in student loans and grants between 2007 and 2010.

Councill Andrew Stafford, cabinet member for finance and property, said: “It is great news to know that yet another fraudster has been caught and stopped from claiming benefits to which they are not entitled.”

Aninakwah was also ordered to pay £200 costs within 28 days.

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12:36pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Andy_Pagin says...

Even greater news for Mr. Aninakwah to know he's got away with nearly six grand in exchange for a pocket money fine.
Yet another in a long line of convictions that prove beyond reasonable doubt that benefit fraud pays handsomely with absolutely no downsides.
Even greater news for Mr. Aninakwah to know he's got away with nearly six grand in exchange for a pocket money fine. Yet another in a long line of convictions that prove beyond reasonable doubt that benefit fraud pays handsomely with absolutely no downsides. Andy_Pagin
  • Score: 10

4:17pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Enfieldian14 says...

I'm not sure I share Councill Andrew Stafford's enthusiasm for this conviction given the derisory sentence. It should have been jail, followed by a ban on all benefits until evey penny has been re-paid.
I'm not sure I share Councill Andrew Stafford's enthusiasm for this conviction given the derisory sentence. It should have been jail, followed by a ban on all benefits until evey penny has been re-paid. Enfieldian14
  • Score: 5

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