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Benefit cheats sent to jail for fraud

Published Monday, 17 September 2012

An innovative new way of tackling benefit fraud in Enfield recorded its third conviction last week, when a husband and wife fraudster team were jailed at Wood Green Crown Court.

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Julia Sadowska and her husband Adam Florianowicz from Edmonton were each sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment for benefit fraud totalling £73,000.

Under the new approach, an investigating officer in Enfield Council's Community Safety Unit worked closely with the police to secure this conviction as part of a new way of tackling fraud and other offences.

Julia Sadowska claimed Housing and Council Tax Benefit whilst living at Charlton Road , Edmonton , but then sublet the property and lived with her husband Adam Florianowicz in Cambourne Avenue , Edmonton .

Florianowicz was also in receipt of benefit, and failed to notify the Council his wife now lived with him. They both failed to declare the income from the other property.

The confirmed overpayment in total was £73,002.41.

Enfield Council Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, Cllr Andrew Stafford, said “This was a disgraceful fraud involving a very large sum of money, in which these individuals claimed benefits to which they were not entitled to. They lied about their social situation, claiming they were living apart and needed money to help support themselves and their children.

“They compounded their crime by subletting a property they received benefits for to make even more money."

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: “I am pleased that the judge imposed a heavy sentence on this pair, to send out a clear message that benefit fraud is a crime which does not pay."

 

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