Stockport man pleads guilty to benefit fraud

A Stockport man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining benefits.

Over a three year period, Mohammed Ahmed claimed a substantial sum of money totalling at £4,506.03, and was sentenced at Stockport Magistrates Court on Wednesday 30th September.

The 48-year-old, of Green Pastures, Heaton Mersey, was prosecuted for failing to declare income and ownership of three properties, thereby obtaining benefits fraudulently from Stockport Council.

Mr Ahmed was given a Community Order for 12 months to include 250 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £1,776.90 costs.

This theft of public money was discovered following a data matching exercise conducted by the Council and was investigated by the Council’s Counter Fraud Investigation Team.

The overpayment of Council Tax Benefit is to be repaid and is separate from the court action.

If you are in receipt of Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit you have a duty to report any change in your circumstances to the Council – contact the Benefits Section on 0161 217 6015. The Council’s fraud hotline is 0800 328 6340.

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