Woman lied on her housing form
A woman who lied on her application form for council housing has been fined.
Fadumo Farah accepted charges of making a false application for housing and withholding information in her application, when she appeared before magistrates in Uxbridge on January 27.
The council’s corporate fraud team were suspicious of an online housing application lodged by the 29-year-old from Uxbridge Road, Hayes, and asked her to attend an interview.
She was then asked to show council officers her current property, which she claimed was in Austin Way, Uxbridge.
But after walking for 20 minutes it became clear to the team that Farah did not know where she was going and that the application was likely to be false.
When further interviewed she admitted giving false information.
This week she was fined £200 and told to pay £200 costs.
Council chief for finance, property and business services, Jonathan Bianco, said: “Our officers make rigorous checks, are highly trained to spot discrepancies in applications and identify the fraudsters.
“I hope this sends a strong message to anyone contemplating trying to cheat the system. We will find out.
“This woman now has a criminal record.”