Leicester Couple jailed for £60,000 benefits scam

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Duo sentenced to 16 months in jail

A LEICESTER couple have been jailed today after fleecing the benefits system out of nearly £60,000.

Ameena Iqbal, 32, and her husband Aslam Iqbal, 33, were jailed for 16 months at Leicester Crown Court.

The couple, of Barnes Close, were found guilty of falsely claiming £57,960 in benefits over a four year period.

Sentencing the pair, the judge described Ameena and Aslam as “greedy”.

The court was told Ameena falsely claimed benefit as an unemployed single parent despite the fact that her husband had lived with her for over four years.

She continued to receive Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax benefit until suspicions were aroused.

A joint investigation between the Department for Work & Pensions and Leicester City Council found not only had they been living together, but that her husband, Aslam, was working and had purchased their home.

Both pleaded guilty to the charge of making a false representation in order to dishonestly obtain benefit.

Cabinet member for housing at Leicester City Council, Cllr Hanif Aqbany, said: “This was a serious case in which the investigation identified nearly £60,000 of falsely claimed benefits.

“The benefits system is for those people in genuine need of assistance, yet this couple conspired to deceive and used their Housing Benefit to pay their mortgage and loans.”

Leicester City Council said the couple would have to repay the money. 

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