Benefit fraudster ordered to pay more than £80,000
Published: 15 Jan 2013 16:300 comments
A BENEFIT cheat has been ordered to pay more than £80,000 or he could face another prison sentence.
Sohan Singh, 62, was jailed for a year in January 2012 after pleading guilty to 12 counts of fraud.
From 2000 to 2008, Singh dishonestly claimed housing and council tax benefit, incapacity benefit, income support, and pension credit.
At a confiscation hearing at Reading Crown Court on Friday last week (11), Singh was ordered to pay £40,417.92 compensation to Slough Borough Council, £35,249.25 compensation to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and £4,590 costs - a total of £80,257.17.
If he fails to pay by July 10, he could be jailed again for up to two years and still have to pay the money back after his release.
Singh, of Ragstone Road, made false statements on his claim forms by providing a false name, date of birth, national insurance number and failing to declare his identity as Charnjit Singh.
He also failed to declare savings accounts under this name, and in November 2008 he failed to declare his earnings under the name Dhami Charnjit Singh.
The fraud was uncovered by officers from Slough Borough Council's corporate fraud unit and the Department for Work and Pension's fraud investigation service.
Commissioner for social and economic inclusion, Cllr Sohail Munawar, added: "This case should leave people in no doubt that the council's corporate fraud team will use the full extent of the law to bring benefit fraudsters to justice.
"We cannot allow people to dishonestly claim benefits they are not entitled to and potentially deprive those genuinely in need."