|Council to Recover Fraudulent Claims|
Fraudulently obtained benefits should be paid back by 2050
We reported last week that two women from Acton had been punished for making false benefit claims following investigations by Ealing Council.
Mrs Souad Neya, 49, of Bollo Lane, was found guilty of five offences at Ealing Magistrates Court on 17 June after fraudulently receiving £21,000 in housing benefit.
And Mrs Karpal Saria, 49, of Steyne Housing Estate on Lexden Road, pleaded guilty to three offences at Ealing Magistrates Court on 2 September. Mrs Saria falsely received £7,956.85.
We asked Ealing Council for details about how the fraudulently obtained benefits claimed by the two women were being reclaimed.
A spokesman there told us: "In both cases the money is being recovered at source from ongoing benefit.
"For S. Neya this is being recovered at a rate of £9.90 per week and for K. Saria it is being recovered at a rate of £13.20 per week.
"Should they stop claiming benefits, then the Council will seek to make alternative arrangements for the repayment of the remaining debt."
September 16, 2010