Owoeye, 49, who is Nigerian, is thought to be the first person in London to be convicted of fraud after receiving payments while under ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) immigration status.
She pocketed more than £114,000 over five years.Nice 'work' if you can get it!
She was found guilty of three charges of fraud following a four-day trial at Woolwich Crown Court last month.
She was subsequently jailed for two years by Judge Jonathan Mann QC, who told her: ‘There is only one reason you did what you did and this is because you are greedy. For you this was money for nothing.’And she'd still be doing it, with no one in authority any the wiser, if she hadn't annoyed her tenant, who dobbed her in:
The court heard that Owoeye first came to the UK from Nigeria in 2002. She then made a fraudulent mortgage application, claiming she was working in the software industry and earning £41,000 a year. This allowed her to buy a home in Erith, south-east London, for £156,000 in June 2008.
She moved out four years later and lived with a friend. In 2013 she approached Bexley Council for support, claiming to be homeless. She told staff that she had been evicted by a landlord, and was re-housed in Dartford and then Crayford.
But her lies were uncovered in January last year when the tenant at her Erith home approached the council to make a complaint.So...will the State now act?
While Owoeye is in jail, officials will investigate her right to remain in the UK on her release.Take your time, fellas, it's not like there's any more out there, eh?