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A former Thamesmead resident has admitted housing benefit fraud

PUBLISHED: 15:48 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:48 18 May 2015

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Man prosecuted after failing to declare he was a student

KELVIN Smith Sodeko, formerly of Eastgate Close, Thamesmead, and now of Raglan Road, has been successfully prosecuted by the London Borough of Bexley for housing benefit fraud resulting in an overpayment of £9,978.78 housing benefit.

On April 13, Bexley Magistrates’ Court heard that Sodeko, aged 44, had failed to declare that he was a student in receipt of student loans and grants from 2011, leading to the overpayment, which is recoverable.

Sodeko pleaded guilty to the offences under the Social Security Administration Act.

On April 27, Sodeko was sentenced by Bexley Magistrates’ Court to eight weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, on condition that he does not commit any more offences during that 12 months and that he must carry out 160 hours of unpaid work through the Probation Service during that time.

Sodeko was further ordered to pay £500 towards prosecution costs and a Collection Order was made.

After the successful prosecution, Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Cllr Teresa O’Neill said: “Those who fraudulently claim benefits are stealing from our law-abiding residents and the Council will not stand-by and let that happen. Those found to be making fraudulent claims will be prosecuted.

“Data matching facilities make it easy to find people who are receiving benefits they are not entitled to.”

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