A woman has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of benefits fraud.

Olusola Owoeye successfully deceived the Bexley Council for five years, receiving a total of £114,456.15 in support.

The excessive funds covered rent, council tax, subsistence, food vouchers and bus tickets.

Owoeye first applied for support back in 2013 after she claimed to have been evicted by her landlord for non-payment of rent.

The council decided to support Owoeye due to its apparent belief she had zero recourse to public funds.

Owoeye was visited by the council's fraud team and declared no changes to her circumstances, in 2015.

A year later, she continued to declare no changes.

In 2018, a complaint was raised by a Bexley resident who claimed the property she rented was not up to standard.

In a revelation, the resident stated Owoeye was her landlord.

A Land Registry check of the Erith address confirmed Owoeye had owned the property since 2008.

The fraud team took on the investigation and together with the police, attended Owoeye’s home in Crayford back in March 2018, where she was arrested.

Support was ceased after her arrest, and Owoeye moved into the property she owned.

A financial investigation revealed that she had also supplied a forged passport and visa to obtain the mortgage.

It was found that she had claimed to be a software consultant earning £41,600 per year.

Bank statements recovered showed that Owoeye had been receiving rent payments into her son’s bank account in a bid to fool the council.

She also received money for child-minding and professional cake-making into the same account.

She was sentenced for three counts of fraud at the end of last year..

The judge described Owoeye to be "a dishonest person beyond rehabilitation."

Councillor Alex Sawyer, Bexley's Cabinet Member for Communities said: "This level of greed and dishonesty takes from those who are in genuine need of help.

“I am delighted with the successful prosecution, as will our residents and taxpayers be.

“The Council will now seek to recover the over-payment under the Proceeds of Crime Act."