Saturday, June 4, 2011

Nigerian couple faces deportation from the UK over £80,000 fraud

A Nigerian couple is to be deported for fraudulently obtaining welfare benefits to the tune of £80,000 from the British authorities.

Nura Kamara, 34 and a mini cab driver, and Hadiza Mohammed, 31 and a care worker, were caught after their home in South Norwood, London was destroyed in a fire.

According to the Daily Mail, the incident, a suspected arson attack, occurred in September 2010.

However, trouble began for the couple when they approached the Croydon Council’s homeless unit to seek for an alternative accommodation.

Council records indicated that housing and council tax benefits were being paid to a couple at their address but with different names. Additional checks from the Home Office Criminal Investigation Unit showed applications for leave to stay in the country had been submitted in yet another set of names by the couple.

They were subsequently arrested during a visit to the council’s office.

Following a search on their temporary accommodation, a rented lock-up was uncovered and several fake passports belonging to them were also recovered.

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