Married couple who falsely claimed £22k in benefits given jail terms

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A married couple who admitted lying about being together in order to falsely claim nearly £22,000 in benefits have both been given custodial sentences.

Dulal Miah Hussein and Nurjahan Begum lied about their circumstances over a three-year period between 2009 and 2012, netting them £21,804 in the process.

The Chron understands Hussein claimed to be Begum’s landlord, and Begum claimed to be a single parent.

As a result, they were overpaid a total of £19,430 in housing benefit, and £2,401 in council tax benefit.

Hussein, aged 33, and Begum, aged 33, both of Saxon Street, Abington, Northampton, were both convicted of dishonestly producing a false statement to obtain benefits, at Northampton Magistrates’ Court last month.

Hussein’s offences took place between May 28, 2009, and June 17, 2012, and Begum’s between July 20, 2009, and June 17, 2012.

Hussain was jailed for eight weeks, and ordered to pay £1,200 costs when he appeared again at the same court earlier this month.

Begum was jailed for four weeks, suspended for 12 months, and must carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.

She was also ordered to pay £800 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.