Our Housing Fraud team investigate and act on every report they receive. Here are some of our success stories, where we have got homes back or cancelled offers of housing. Homes that have now been offered to people that need them.

Case study one

The Counter Fraud team received a report from a member of the public that a tenant had moved out of their council home to live in a privately-owned property. Fraud Officers established that the tenant had got married and was living with their spouse and child. The tenant was claiming housing and council tax benefit at the council property. It was also alleged that the tenant was trying to sublet the council property. The tenant was interviewed and Notices were served. The tenant decided to terminate the tenancy rather than go to Court. The tenant is to pay back the overpayment of benefit and the property has now been re-let to a person from the waiting list.

Case study two

An introductory tenant of Wolverhampton Homes was found to be sub-letting a property. The sub-tenant was being charged rent whilst the tenant was claiming housing benefit, which resulted in the tenant making a profit.  After interviewing the tenant, under caution, the case was put forward for prosecution under the Fraud Act 2006, for dishonestly making a false representation to make a gain.

On 15 June 2014 the tenant was due to appear at Magistrates Court but failed to attend and a warrant was issued for their arrest.  A separate civil action was taken through the County Court to gain possession of the property which was granted in their absence. After five years, the tenant was finally arrested and appeared in court on 16 May 2019 where they pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation. They were sentenced to 60 hours unpaid work as part of a 12-month Community Order and ordered to pay £1000 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
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