Married Ganiat Olateju claimed to be a single parent with dependant children to claim more than £40,000 in housing and council tax benefits and £28,000 in income support over a ten-year period.*boggle*
Olateju, 43, used her maiden name of Jaiyeola Alli to make the claims, while at the same time securing a job as an admin worker for Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT). Her husband also worked full-time.
She even conned her Croydon employers by working another job while she was on long-term sick leave.
But wait, you say, what about our fearless investigators at HMRC and the DWP? How did something like this slip through the net?
Croydon Crown Court heard Olateju had managed to get hold of two National Insurance numbers – using one to claim benefits and the other to gain employment with the council.Aha! A cunning plan!
The council now intends to reclaim the money she dishonestly obtained.Good luck with that…