A woman who claimed to be disabled and single parent to pay £ 260,000 in benefits, was then surprised living with her partner and seeing her dancing at a wedding. She was imprisoned, prosecutors said.

Nasreen Akhtar fraudulently claimed £ 260,000 through a "complex set of benefits" between 2002 and 2013, on the basis of a lone parent with limited mobility and too sick to work, said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

But after information, investigators from the Ministry of Labor and Pensions (DWP) began to monitor secretly in 2012, the statement said.

The CPS said that during a police raid at his home the following year, partner Akhtar asserted that she had not been found in bed.

While she claimed that she was "too sick to work" and that she had "reduced mobility" and "significant need for care", she was seen out with his family and danced at a wedding, he added.

Akhtar, 50, of Howgill Crescent, Oldham, admitted seven counts of fraud against the local authority and the DWP, and at the Crown Court in Manchester on Friday, was sentenced to two years in prison.

Simon Tunnicliffe, of the Cheshire SPC's anti-fraud unit, said that it had taken three years for this and the DWP to bring Akhtar to justice.



Akhtar was sentenced to two years in prison at a hearing before the Crown Court in Manchester

He added: "It was a case of extremely complex fraud that went way beyond the average.

"It took SPC and DWP three years to bring this woman to justice, because shortly after the start of her trial in 2017, she tried, at an additional cost to the taxpayer, to be found unfit to stand trial. trial.

"Earlier this year, we brought even more convincing evidence that Ms. Akhtar was trying to deceive the court and the judge ruled that she was in pretty good shape to be tried.

"On October 7, 2019, at the pre-trial hearing, in the face of a well-constructed case and overwhelming evidence, Ms. Akhtar pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud against her local authority and the DWP.

"She has now been sentenced to two years in prison and a Proceeds of Crime Proceedings will begin to recover the taxpayers' money that we badly need elsewhere."

CPC stated that Akhtar had claimed a shelter allowance and tax relief for the tax of living as a single parent for a house that she rented while she owned it. jointly with his partner.

She also claimed income support as a money-backed single-parent mother, while she owned other properties and had significant savings, he said. added.

Prosecutors said that Akhtar had claimed a disability living allowance as a person with "an extremely low mobility and significant care needs" as well as a work and benefit allowance. as an isolated parent "too sick to work".

But she was seen out with her family and dancing at a wedding.

A DWP spokesman added, "Profit fraud is a crime that diverts money away from those who really need it, and in addition to any court-imposed punishment, people have to pay back all the money that they got by mistake.

"We do not tolerate anyone who fraudulently claims benefits and we will act quickly to investigate, helping our partners and prosecutors bring them to justice."

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