Council House Landlord Earns Jail Sentence for Fraud

23 August 2012 Categories: News

Council House Landlord Earns Jail Sentence for Fraud

Basildon Council made history this week by obtaining the first jail sentence ever for a landlord convicted under both the Fraud Act and the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act – simply because she applied for a council house while owning and benefiting from a rental property.

Rita Lambani fromEssex, was offered a property by local housing association Family Mosaic even though she owns a rental property currently being let to a long term tenant. An investigation soon found evidence of the property however and as a result Miss Lambani was charged according to the Fraud Act, and then the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act.  Basildon Magistrates Court found Miss Lambani guilty of two counts of fraud and subsequently sentenced her to 8 months in jail.

Deputy leader of Basildon Council, and cabinet member for housing, Phil Turner, said about the result “This custodial sentence is a first for Basildon Council in our fight against housing fraud, and it will not be the last if unscrupulous people continue to try to pull the wool over our eyes. This conviction sends out a clear message to fraudsters that this kind of behaviour won’t be tolerated by Basildon Council.”