At Peterborough Crown Court on 8 April 2016, Mr Amin Mutyaba, of Buttsgrove Way, Huntingdon, was sentenced to eight months custody for benefit fraud totalling more than £31,000 following a joint investigation conducted by Huntingdonshire District Council and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
Amin Mutyaba (66) pleaded guilty to five charges of benefit fraud between August 2011 and December 2014. Mutyaba had claimed benefit at his shared ownership property with Luminus, stating he was a single person. However, following information provided to the council that Mutyaba was subletting part of the property, an investigation was launched. This showed that 50 different people were linked to the address between 2008 and 2014.
The investigation found that Mutyaba had been sub-letting rooms at his address and had failed to declare the rental income he had received to the council and the DWP. Mutyaba had also claimed a single person discount for his Council Tax for the entire period in question. Mutyaba, who was overpaid benefit totalling £31,620.28, was sentenced to eight months custody and will need to pay back the full amount of overpaid benefit.
John Taylor, Head of Customer Services, said: "I am pleased this case has been successfully concluded. The hard work of the council’s Fraud Team has paid off and the judgement shows how seriously fraud is taken, not only by the council but the courts as well. We continue to protect the public purse and are always grateful to the public for supplying us with information and I’d encourage others to come forward if they have similar concerns. All allegations received will be looked at."
If you know of someone who is defrauding the council, please remember it’s your money and services that are being stolen. You can report fraud via:
- the confidential Fraud Hotline on 01480 388188
- email to our Fraud Team at email@example.com or
- the fraud page of our website.
Please leave as much information as possible to ensure we are aware of the full facts before an investigation starts. All reports will be looked into, but we are unable to provide any information about the outcome of individual investigations.