Fraud and prosecutions

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Fly-tipper ordered to have vehicle crushed

A fly-tipper who dumped a van load of rubbish in a residential area is to have his vehicle taken away to be crushed. Mohammed Nadeem, who dumped old furniture in Styles Gardens, Loughborough Junction, is the latest in a long line of offenders who have been prosecuted for fly-tipping after Lambeth council enforcement officers have … Continue reading

Estate agent and tenant prosecuted over housing fraud

A 59 year old Brixton woman has been prosecuted by Lambeth Council for subletting the flat that she rents from the council.  Estate agents, Nelsons of Southwark Bridge Road were also prosecuted for aiding and abetting the commission of the offence. Maria Polonio, of Harper House, Angell Town returned to Portugal in December 2014 and … Continue reading

Lambeth council beats £3.6m of fraud

A 52 year-old woman from South Lambeth has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of fraud and admitting she had claimed over £96,000 in Housing Benefit for a property that she owned. The case, brings to £3.6m the amount Lambeth Council’s Counter Fraud Team have secured through interventions … Continue reading

Lambeth prosecution sees nuisance fly-tipper ordered to pay over £5,000

A fly-tipper has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 after a neighbour helped Lambeth council enforcement officers catch him. Jose Campanha of Streatham Vale was caught dumping rubbish bags on the street outside his neighbour’s property after she set up a web cam to film him. Lambeth officers then swooped, prosecuting him under the … Continue reading

Illegal tobacco warning in Brixton as sniffer dogs demonstrate their skills

Public Health and Trading Standards officials are warning of the dangers of illegal tobacco – and demonstrating how those who sell it are caught. Sniffer dogs were out on the street in Brixton on Tuesday, showing off their skills in identifying illegal and potentially deadly tobacco. The roadshow is part of the Keep It Out … Continue reading

Brixton meat trader guilty of ‘Smoke Goat’ charges

A Brixton based butcher,  Hassan Mohammed  of the KM Meat Shop in Electric Avenue has pleaded guilty to several charges after meat carcasses, unfit for human consumption were found at his shop. Earlier this year, council officers, investigating flooding to food shops in Electric Avenue found three  meat carcasses in a cold store at the … Continue reading

Ex council worker caught out by Lambeth fraud team

A former Lambeth Council employee Catherine Devin has been prosecuted by the council for failing to declare receipt of a private pension when claiming benefits. Devin, 63 of Britannia Close, Clapham made a claim for housing benefits in early 2004, several weeks after first receiving a private pension in excess of £200 per month from … Continue reading

Brixton fraudster caught out by cash at Heathrow

A 46 year old Brixton man has been successfully prosecuted by Lambeth Council for benefit fraud after he was stopped at Heathrow Airport carrying thousands of dollars. Esayas Temesgen, of Vining Street, had left the UK in March 2013 but was stopped at the airport on his return in August that year with 8,000 US … Continue reading

Newspaper report led to Vauxhall fraud woman

A 47 year old woman from Vauxhall’s been given an 18 month jail sentence for fraudulently claiming thousands of pounds in benefit. The offences came to light after newspaper reports of her conviction for falsely claiming more than £150,000 worth of VAT refunds from HMRC alerted Lambeth Council’s counter fraud team. Investigators found that Monica … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading


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