A Lambeth nurse who claimed benefits whilst working has narrowly escaped prison.
Norah Mityero, 46, was given an eight month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months when she appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, May 26. She was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid community work to make amends for her crime.
Mityero, of Wanless Road, Herne Hill, failed to tell Lambeth Council she was working in two jobs in order to claim benefit that she was not entitled to. She had told the council she was a student nurse but had failed to declare that she had two other jobs. In addition, she failed to declare the bank account that her wages were being paid into in order to conceal her earnings.
Mike Suarez, Executive Director for Finance and Resources, said: “Claiming benefit you are not entitled to deprives people in real need and reduces our ability to deliver front-line services that people depend upon. We welcome the court’s judgement in this case and hope it sends a clear message to benefit fraudsters – if we catch you, we will prosecute you.”
At Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court earlier in May (11 May 2010), Mityero admitted that she dishonestly claimed £12,359 in housing and council tax benefit whilst employed by Central and North London NHS Foundation as a bank nurse and was also working for the National Autistic Society between May 2007 and June 2009.