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Streatham man sentenced for benefit fraud

A 44 year old Streatham man’s been convicted of benefit fraud after claiming he was in receipt of sick pay for four years even though he was working.

Yahya Serar, of Amesbury Avenue, Leigham Court Estate, was receiving benefits in 2009 as a result of his being off sick from work. He failed to inform Lambeth Benefits Service that he had returned to work in March 2009 and continued to claim benefits until 2013.

Serar was overpaid benefits in excess of £18,000.

Serar pleaded not guilty but was found guilty at Croydon Magistrates Court, and on 24th February was sentenced to six months in custody, suspended for twelve months. He was ordered to pay costs of £1,859.28 and a victim surcharge of £80.00. He was instructed to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, to be completed within twelve months.

The fraud was identified by Lambeth investigators looking at benefit claimants in receipt of long-term sick pay.

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