Woman lied on her hous­ing form

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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