Tower Hamlets Council’s pursuit of fraudsters who lie to obtaining social housing continues with Mr. Abdul Aziz being handed down 16 months in jail.
Mr Aziz defrauded the council of £64,000 by obtaining a Housing Association one bed property from Newlon Housing Trust by claiming he was living in overcrowded conditions in 2011 while jointly owning a property in Ilford.
He pleaded guilty to fraud contrary to Section 3 of the Fraud Act 2006 at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 10 February 2017.
The court is now deciding how much of the £64,000 he must pay back.
“I am pleased we are now able to offer this much-needed property to a genuinely homeless person, said John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets. “We will always take steps to defend the public purse and pursue channels to make those who want to defraud it pay.”
Tower Hamlets Council currently has 18,995 households on its housing waiting list.
Those who continue to show contempt for our community by fraudulently obtaining housing should do the right thing and turn themselves in to the council. While the amnesty for this sort of fraud has passed, they might get a more lenient punishment.
Whichever prison Mr Aziz now inhabits at least he can now genuinely claim that he is living in over-crowded conditions.