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Dec 23 2013

Harrow Benefit Cheat Caught Claiming Rent on Own House

harrow_council_logoA man who cheated Harrow Council out of thousands of pounds in benefits by pretending he was a “paying guest” in his own house, has been ordered to pay all the money back and carry out community work.

Hiren Patel, 32, of Graham Road, Wealdstone, spent nearly 4 years pretending he didn’t know his own mother.

To maintain the charade, he even provided a signed letter claiming the two weren’t related.

But all along Mr Patel was a joint mortgage holder on the 3-bedroom house – living there with both his parents, his brother and another guest.

The Council’s fraud team launched an investigation after becoming suspicious that Mr Patel knew his landlord. Record searches not only revealed that Mr Patel was paying rent to his mother, but that the two jointly owned the residence.

During the investigation, Mr Patel claimed that he was compelled to support his mother and his wife at different residences, as the two “were not getting on”.

He admitted fraudulently claiming housing benefit when he appeared at Willesden Magistrates Court on December 17.  He was given a Community Order of 150 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to repay £5,353 compensation, pay £1,000 towards prosecution costs, and a £60 victim surcharge.

Cllr Susan Hall, Leader of Harrow Council, said: “This is a disgraceful example of a dishonest man deliberately stealing valuable resources from people who really need them. We are determined to root out this criminal behaviour, on behalf of the taxpayers of Harrow, and the residents who legitimately need these benefits.”

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  1. sonoo malkani

    This is precisely the kind of behaviour that tarnishes the good name of the community he belongs to.Not only has he cheated tax-payers but has let his community down too!His lame-duck excuses are pathetic.
    We must not condone such fraudsters but should ensure that limited finances are carefully preserved to help those genuinely in need.and entitled to help from our Local Authority.Let this be a warning to other fraudsters.

  2. Concerned Harrovian

    Fraudsters be aware Sheriff Hall is going to clean up this town. It is a shame that the laws of the land can only give such feeble sentences.
    A day in the stocks in Harrow town centre would send a message that this greedy criminal’s actions, that denied needy people funds, were wicked.

  3. j p hobbs

    Do you mean put Cllr Hall in the stocks for a whole day , I will go for that , I like norty gals .
    OMG I will be in trouble now , I hope that’s not treason , after all it is Christmas .

  4. j p hobbs

    And I do like blondes !!!!!!

  5. Concerned Harrovian

    Calm down JP you geting hot under the collar. The stocks are meant to be used for the benefit fraudsters. Perhaps if you have been a good lad during the year Santa will let you polish Sheriff Hall’s badge until it gleams.

  6. Harrow Dude

    How come Mr Patel gets a Community Order (good decision) and Mr Srithar didn’t (bad decision). All benefit cheats should be given a Community Order of at least 450 hours. I am sure Susie can put them to good use around the borough…

  7. j p hobbs

    That was supposed to be tongue in cheek Concerned Harrovian and slightly under the influence of a little pre Christmas Spirit , Brandy to be precise . Now there are a few Cllrs I would love to see in the stocks for a lot more than a day .

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