Lambeth Council has sent a clear message to potential benefits cheats after a fraudster who claimed £22,000 in Housing and Council Tax benefits was jailed for 18 weeks.
Leon Thompson formerly of Cubitt House, Clapham, was sentenced at the Inner London Crown Court on Thursday, September 8. An investigation was launched when Lambeth and Merton Councils discovered evidence which suggested the 38-year-old was claiming Housing and Council tax benefits from both local authorities. He pleaded guilty to the charges of failure to declare ownership of a property in Mitcham and failure to declare a bank account at an earlier court hearing in August.
Cllr Paul McGlone, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “We are determined to catch every benefit cheat out there and we have the expertise of a dedicated fraud team at our disposal. I urge the courts to hand more prison sentences to these cheats who defraud taxpayers.”
The council is determined to protect every penny of its resources to ensure vital council funds can be spent where they are most needed. Lambeth has a dedicated team of benefit fraud investigators who painstakingly pursue those who cheat the system through the courts, work that saves taxpayers hundred of thousands of pounds each year.