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A BEDFORD mother-of-four who cannot speak, read or write English, made false claims for housing benefit, a court heard today.


Sufia Begum, 30, was helped by her brother-in-law to fill in the Bedford Borough Council forms but did not reveal all her husband's bank accounts to the local authority and did not inform them that she was living in a house belonging to her brother-in-law.


Begum, now of Roff Avenue, Bedford, pleaded not guilty to seven charges of dishonestly making false representations to claim benefit at Luton Crown Court.


She admitted 7 lesser charges of obtaining the benefit without doing so dishonestly.


On 21 May 2009 she did not declare that her then home at 85 Honeyhill Road was owned by a relative and, in May 2012, September 2013 and October 2013, she did not declare that her husband owned a £15,000 leasehold property at Unit 2, 8 Bedford East, Yardley Hastings.


Judge Peter Wright adjourned sentence until 7 March for a probation officer to prepare a report. He said: "I want to know her personal circumstances and income position," he said.


She was granted bail.




Read more: http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/Bedford-mum-court-allegedly-making-false-claims/story-28692681-detail/story.html#ixzz40hPIRvxA




Perhaps she should be encouraged to learn English as part of any punishment !

Edited by citizenB

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Or even make any claim dependent on being able to fill in the forms themselves.

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