Benefit cheat student jailed

A student who fraudulently claimed more than £21,000 in housing benefits has been jailed for 12 weeks.

Abdiweli Mohamed, 37, of Queens Walk, Ealing, was sentenced at Ealing Magistrates Court.

He pleaded guilty to six offences at a hearing last December after it was revealed he claimed benefits, but failed to disclose he was a student at Thames Valley University and in receipt of a student loan and supplementary grant income.

Cabinet member for Finance and Performance, Councillor Yvonne Johnson, said: "It’s unusual for someone to receive a prison sentence for this kind of offence, but just shows that courts are taking these matters very seriously."

"We’re seeing an increasing number of cases involving fraudulent claims by students. I hope that other students will learn from this and not be tempted to break the law."

Mohamed admitted three offences of obtaining benefit dishonestly under the Social Security Administration Act (1992) and three offences under the Fraud Act (2006).

All were committed between September 2006 and June 2010.