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Mill Hill benefits cheat hid £50,000 savings from Barnet Council in secret accounts
A Mill Hill man who claimed more than £26,000 in housing and council tax benefits despite having £50,000 in his bank has been handed a suspended prison sentence.
Arsim Mehmeti, of Watford Way, admitted failing to declare thousands of pounds of savings while making the benefits claims between November 2008 and March 2012.
The 38-year-old was handed a five-month suspended sentence at Wood Green Crown Court after he was caught by members of Barnet Council’s corporate anti-fraud team.
Investigators began looking at Mehmeti’s bank records after he was flagged up on the housing benefit system.
They found that between 2009 and 2011 he had more than £50,000 in undeclared bank accounts, despite continuing to receive more than £26,000 in taxpayer-funded handouts.
In March he pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to declare a change in his circumstances and was sentenced on October 11.
Investigators were able to recover the cash from his savings using a court order.
Barnet Council leader Councillor Richard Cornelius said: “It’s crucial that people are completely honest about their circumstances.
“Those who try to cheat the system will ultimately be dealt with by the courts. I am pleased to see that the council has been able to recover all of the money so quickly.”
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