Letting agent caught claiming £29,000 in benefits

Three benefit cheats in court over £70,000 scams

Three benefit cheats in court over £70,000 scams

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Three benefit cheats who stole £70,000 from the taxpayer have had their cases heard in court.

Stephen Winter Gill of Rotherfield Crescent, Brighton, fraudulently claimed over £29,000 in benefits while running a lettings agency.

The 32-year-old was handed a ten month suspended sentence and was ordered to pay £1,980 costs, £80 victim surcharge and carry out 180 hours unpaid work at Brighton magistrates’ on Thursday.

Mr Gill told council officers he was paying rent to his mother and needed to claim housing benefit, but the council discovered no evidence of rent being paid and also failed to declare that he was running a lettings agency.

Alieu Marr, of Farm Road in Hove also pleaded guilty to charges of claiming £29,406.38 in housing benefit and £1,234.20 in council tax benefit and to having a forged visa stamp on his passport.

The 40-yeard-old said he was British and eligible to claim benefits in UK but his visa to remain in the country had expired in 2003.

He will be sentenced at a crown court at a later date.

Magistrates also found Lee Simpson, of Stanley Street in Brighton, guilty of falsely claiming £10,952.44 in housing benefit when he was not living at the address for which he was claiming.

The 46-year-old failed to attend court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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8:44pm Fri 9 May 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

These sentences are a joke and which letting agency was this thief running?
These sentences are a joke and which letting agency was this thief running? Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 33

8:44pm Fri 9 May 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

These sentences are a joke and which letting agency was this thief running?
These sentences are a joke and which letting agency was this thief running? Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 17

9:58pm Fri 9 May 14

edgelow says...

Good luck to him, I hope he gets through this episode wiser for the experience and is a better person for it........ they should make him an example of how to survive in the current system. .. after all... mp's like norman baker are raking in £74k a year and they can't even spell Sussex
Good luck to him, I hope he gets through this episode wiser for the experience and is a better person for it........ they should make him an example of how to survive in the current system. .. after all... mp's like norman baker are raking in £74k a year and they can't even spell Sussex edgelow
  • Score: -29

3:05am Sat 10 May 14

Zeta Function says...

Why does it take so long for the authorities to catch up with these people?

Is it the case anyone can set up a letting agency? The sooner they are regulated the better.

Mr Marr's visa expired in 2004! 10 years ago! 10 years occupying accommodation and using services.The cuts to UK's border Agency must be severe.

The prize goes to Mr Gill for exploiting tenants in need of housing and the benefit system.
Why does it take so long for the authorities to catch up with these people? Is it the case anyone can set up a letting agency? The sooner they are regulated the better. Mr Marr's visa expired in 2004! 10 years ago! 10 years occupying accommodation and using services.The cuts to UK's border Agency must be severe. The prize goes to Mr Gill for exploiting tenants in need of housing and the benefit system. Zeta Function
  • Score: 8

10:54am Sat 10 May 14

mickeyfinn says...

Stephen Gill owns Martin & Co in Edward Street http://www.manta.com
/p/6klg0dhfb4mxn7_/s
tephen-gill - took me 5 minutes to trace him. You're welcome, Argus.
Stephen Gill owns Martin & Co in Edward Street http://www.manta.com /p/6klg0dhfb4mxn7_/s tephen-gill - took me 5 minutes to trace him. You're welcome, Argus. mickeyfinn
  • Score: 10

4:06pm Sat 10 May 14

Sir Prised says...

No mention of him having to pay the money back !!! If not, why not?
No mention of him having to pay the money back !!! If not, why not? Sir Prised
  • Score: 3

2:30am Sun 11 May 14

Mr chock says...

mickeyfinn wrote:
Stephen Gill owns Martin & Co in Edward Street http://www.manta.com

/p/6klg0dhfb4mxn7_/s

tephen-gill - took me 5 minutes to trace him. You're welcome, Argus.
Stephen Winter Gill of Rotherfield Crescent, .. i read with interest this .. the man was a letting agent "and an agent = un skilled person that can let out properties ,,, i always wonder who thinks estate agents and letting agents should have some sort of notice on the "agency" THIS is just a SHOP that sells things and the people inside are nothing special...ohh yerr and your house is worth XXX more than house XyZ because its in postcode area abc near that school and its got chrome light switches .. hahaha my rant for the day nite nite
[quote][p][bold]mickeyfinn[/bold] wrote: Stephen Gill owns Martin & Co in Edward Street http://www.manta.com /p/6klg0dhfb4mxn7_/s tephen-gill - took me 5 minutes to trace him. You're welcome, Argus.[/p][/quote]Stephen Winter Gill of Rotherfield Crescent, .. i read with interest this .. the man was a letting agent "and an agent = un skilled person that can let out properties ,,, i always wonder who thinks estate agents and letting agents should have some sort of notice on the "agency" THIS is just a SHOP that sells things and the people inside are nothing special...ohh yerr and your house is worth XXX more than house XyZ because its in postcode area abc near that school and its got chrome light switches .. hahaha my rant for the day nite nite Mr chock
  • Score: 2

5:45am Mon 12 May 14

Elgabalus says...

Surely you go to Prison for stealing that amount?
Surely you go to Prison for stealing that amount? Elgabalus
  • Score: 0

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