Benefit fraudsters could be forced to repay thousands of pounds

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A COUPLE who admitted being benefit frauds could be forced to repay Thurrock Council thousands of pounds.


Hazel Ogunsanya, 29, and husband Olasupo, 28, jetted around the world after using forged documents to falsely claim benefits.


The couple, of Coleman Close, Stanford-le-Hope, failed to declare that they were married and living together.


Mrs Ogunsanya claimed benefits for another property in Grays, but the woman she alleged was her landlady was found to be dead.
 

Mr Ogunsanya pretended he was a single parent and falsely claimed income support and housing and council tax benefit.


Their four year con was uncovered following a joint operation between Thurrock Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.


After being convicted of 12 offences at Basildon Crown Court in May, Mr Ogunsanya was sentenced to 21 months in jail and Mrs Ogunsanya to 15 months.
 

They will now return to court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing.
When officers visited their home they discovered £23,000 in cash.
 

The hearing will determine whether this money belonged to them or someone else, and could be given to Thurrock Council as part of a confiscation order.


Mr and Mrs Ogunsanya, who have a six year-old daughter, will appear at Basildon Crown Court on January 31.

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11:23am Tue 13 Nov 12

OckendonPaul says...

No! I never would've believed it...
No! I never would've believed it... OckendonPaul
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12:11pm Tue 13 Nov 12

coddy says...

This is the tip of the iceberg in Thurrock. Kick them out.
This is the tip of the iceberg in Thurrock. Kick them out. coddy
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12:12pm Tue 13 Nov 12

coddy says...

Forgot to add sell the house and take ALL their possessions
Forgot to add sell the house and take ALL their possessions coddy
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1:34pm Tue 13 Nov 12

jb411 says...

Where is the part that says they'll confiscate their houses and cars and then deport them? Did I miss that bit?

They wont pay back a penny and it'll be written off just like the last one who owed them £50k and absconded, they wrote his debts off.

It makes me sick that I get a letter for one forgotten council tax payment and threatened with all sorts and these people do it year in year out.
Where is the part that says they'll confiscate their houses and cars and then deport them? Did I miss that bit? They wont pay back a penny and it'll be written off just like the last one who owed them £50k and absconded, they wrote his debts off. It makes me sick that I get a letter for one forgotten council tax payment and threatened with all sorts and these people do it year in year out. jb411
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4:11pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Cvh says...

What a waste of time there posseions should all be sold and they should be kicked out of the country
I am sure that there is a lot more of this going on in Thurrock but our toothless council wont act
What a waste of time there posseions should all be sold and they should be kicked out of the country I am sure that there is a lot more of this going on in Thurrock but our toothless council wont act Cvh
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4:54pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Freddy K says...

I agree that there should be a repossession order on their goods and this should be the same as those taken under the proceeds of crime act, as for kicking them out of the country it may not be as simple as that, they may be British Citizens, if they are not citizens then yes I agree they need to be removed and sent back to where they once came.

Lets not also forget that we have a very large amount of British people that are milking the system in the same way as they two theives were.
I agree that there should be a repossession order on their goods and this should be the same as those taken under the proceeds of crime act, as for kicking them out of the country it may not be as simple as that, they may be British Citizens, if they are not citizens then yes I agree they need to be removed and sent back to where they once came. Lets not also forget that we have a very large amount of British people that are milking the system in the same way as they two theives were. Freddy K
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9:02pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Thurrock Trojan says...

Deport them!
Deport them! Thurrock Trojan
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9:08pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Marcus P says...

This fraud could be stopped by simply having a ten year minimum qualifying period, before any type of welfare subsidy or NHS treatment can be claimed by non UK citizens.

Employers should be made to pay a bond which will be forfeited if their 'highly skilled' workers commit any type of crime.

Do this and watch immigration from the third world plummet.

The citizens of the UK have been systematically lied to regarding the benefits of mass immigration. It is a national scandal.
This fraud could be stopped by simply having a ten year minimum qualifying period, before any type of welfare subsidy or NHS treatment can be claimed by non UK citizens. Employers should be made to pay a bond which will be forfeited if their 'highly skilled' workers commit any type of crime. Do this and watch immigration from the third world plummet. The citizens of the UK have been systematically lied to regarding the benefits of mass immigration. It is a national scandal. Marcus P
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10:29am Wed 14 Nov 12

Kezza25 says...

Repay British taxpayers. Deport.
Repay British taxpayers. Deport. Kezza25
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2:11pm Wed 14 Nov 12

PoorFleet says...

I'm sure a bleeding heart will step forward and claim it's their human right to seek a better life through fraud no doubt.
I'm sure a bleeding heart will step forward and claim it's their human right to seek a better life through fraud no doubt. PoorFleet
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9:13pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Dave_ says...

This just highlights what a soft touch this country is.
OK they've gone to prison, but not until 4 years of false claims.
Even a 5 year period no claim for immigrants from anywhere, where credit by paying Income Tax and NI, all recorded, is accrued to ensure that they aren't just here living off the state.
I thought that most countries need you to :
have someone stand guarantor,
have a job to go to
ensure that you have sufficient funds to live off, and if not your guarantor finances you.
Do we not have these requirements? Or does that breach some idiotic EU directive?
This just highlights what a soft touch this country is. OK they've gone to prison, but not until 4 years of false claims. Even a 5 year period no claim for immigrants from anywhere, where credit by paying Income Tax and NI, all recorded, is accrued to ensure that they aren't just here living off the state. I thought that most countries need you to : have someone stand guarantor, have a job to go to ensure that you have sufficient funds to live off, and if not your guarantor finances you. Do we not have these requirements? Or does that breach some idiotic EU directive? Dave_
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9:16am Fri 16 Nov 12

OckendonPaul says...

In reply to the above, no, we have no requirements.
We open the door then lie on our backs so the whole world can tickle our belly as it walks in and helps itself.
The liberal fundamentalists who run our country call it 'tolerance', they've convinced us it's some sort of national characteristic and we've believed them.
Every four years we get the chance to vote for something different but we choose not to, so in a way I guess it's our own fault...
In reply to the above, no, we have no requirements. We open the door then lie on our backs so the whole world can tickle our belly as it walks in and helps itself. The liberal fundamentalists who run our country call it 'tolerance', they've convinced us it's some sort of national characteristic and we've believed them. Every four years we get the chance to vote for something different but we choose not to, so in a way I guess it's our own fault... OckendonPaul
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11:13am Fri 16 Nov 12

Marcus P says...

Dave_ wrote:
This just highlights what a soft touch this country is. OK they've gone to prison, but not until 4 years of false claims. Even a 5 year period no claim for immigrants from anywhere, where credit by paying Income Tax and NI, all recorded, is accrued to ensure that they aren't just here living off the state. I thought that most countries need you to : have someone stand guarantor, have a job to go to ensure that you have sufficient funds to live off, and if not your guarantor finances you. Do we not have these requirements? Or does that breach some idiotic EU directive?
As a Brit try and move to any other EU country and claim benefits and see how far you get. Only the UK hands out taxpayers’ money to all and sundry that come here for a 'better life"

I wonder if it is a deliberate attempt by the LIB/LAB/CONs to bankrupt the health and welfare system so they can be privatised in the long run.

No other country in Europe does this.
[quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: This just highlights what a soft touch this country is. OK they've gone to prison, but not until 4 years of false claims. Even a 5 year period no claim for immigrants from anywhere, where credit by paying Income Tax and NI, all recorded, is accrued to ensure that they aren't just here living off the state. I thought that most countries need you to : have someone stand guarantor, have a job to go to ensure that you have sufficient funds to live off, and if not your guarantor finances you. Do we not have these requirements? Or does that breach some idiotic EU directive?[/p][/quote]As a Brit try and move to any other EU country and claim benefits and see how far you get. Only the UK hands out taxpayers’ money to all and sundry that come here for a 'better life" I wonder if it is a deliberate attempt by the LIB/LAB/CONs to bankrupt the health and welfare system so they can be privatised in the long run. No other country in Europe does this. Marcus P
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4:18pm Sat 17 Nov 12

DannyButcher says...

I was once a patient in hospital when someone who could not speak English, came here on a boat from Sweden.

They weren't Swedish, but whilst in Sweden, they got ill. Did they get treated there? Nope. They got on a ship/boat, and once it had docked at Tilbury, to hospital they went. They had been suffering the same complaint for months.

Is this indicative of why the NHS is struggling? It really does make me wonder.
I was once a patient in hospital when someone who could not speak English, came here on a boat from Sweden. They weren't Swedish, but whilst in Sweden, they got ill. Did they get treated there? Nope. They got on a ship/boat, and once it had docked at Tilbury, to hospital they went. They had been suffering the same complaint for months. Is this indicative of why the NHS is struggling? It really does make me wonder. DannyButcher
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