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Eight months jail for benefit fraudster

Published Monday, 03 June 2013

A 43 year old man from Edmonton has been sentenced to eight months in jail after being found guilty of housing benefit fraud.

Kouadio Williams, formerly of Charlton Road in Edmonton had earlier pleaded not guilty to four charges of dishonestly failing to promptly notify Enfield Council of a change in circumstances. He was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on the 23 May.

Williams, latterly residing in Ramsgill Court, Heelands in Milton Keynes, was caught living on benefits with his wife and children while he was working for several employers, one attracting a wage of £50,000.

Suspicion fell on Williams after Enfield Council’s Counter Fraud Team received information from Milton Keynes Council proving he also owned a flat in Milton Keynes which was being rented out at £650 a month.

It was found he had fraudulently claimed and received £32,067.92 in Housing Benefit between 2 July 2007 and 29 May 2011.

As part of the investigation the property where Williams claimed benefit was recovered by the Counter Fraud Team’s housing investigation officers and returned to London and Quadrant who have re-housed a tenant from the housing waiting list.

Cllr Andrew Stafford, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Finance and Property said: “This fraud was committed not because of desperation, but out of sheer greed.

“Kouadio Williams was in receipt of an income many people could only dream about, but still he felt the need to claim benefits. This is shameful and it is absolutely right the court should jail him for this disgraceful crime.

“Enfield Council always prosecutes benefit fraudsters to the full extent of the law, and we will do everything we can to seize any assets that Mr Williams has if we can to recoup our money.”

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