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Burgess Hill pensioner pleads guilty to seven years of benefit fraud

The Argus: OAP fraudster forced to pay back £50k OAP fraudster forced to pay back £50k

A pensioner has been ordered to pay back more than £50,000 after pleading guilty to seven years of benefit fraud.

Mr Nazrul Chowdhury, 77, of Bramber Way, Burgess Hill, continued to claim pension credit and council tax benefit despite his wife starting work at a nearby care home.

He also failed to tell the Department for Work and Pensions and Mid Sussex District Council he had started receiving a private pension.

As a result, he was overpaid £52,688 in pension credit and £1,329 in council tax benefit between November 2006 and August 2013.

Mr Chowdhury pleaded guilty to four offences relating to failing to tell the organisations about a change of circumstances at Lewes Crown Court on May 7.

He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay court costs of £300.

The court heard he paid back all money owed to Mid Sussex District Council, but had not paid back any of the money owed to the Department for Work and Pensions.

After hearing that Mr Chowdhury owns his house in Bramber Way, Burgess Hill, the judge ordered him to pay back all of the £52,688 he owes to the Department for Work and Pensions by November 7.

Peter Stuart, head of finance for Mid Sussex District Council, said: “This conviction sends out another clear message to benefit cheats, you simply will not get away with it.”

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9:18am Tue 20 May 14

cleggandbacon says...

....... this conviction .................awa
y with it.
Unless of course you happen to be an MP, eh?
....... this conviction .................awa y with it. Unless of course you happen to be an MP, eh? cleggandbacon
  • Score: 11

10:56am Tue 20 May 14

franckiep en france says...

IF he was a member of Parliament, he would have been told you naughty person, go on holiday till the end of this session and because you have been caught you had better pay back £50. YOU GOT IT??? One rule for them.
IF he was a member of Parliament, he would have been told you naughty person, go on holiday till the end of this session and because you have been caught you had better pay back £50. YOU GOT IT??? One rule for them. franckiep en france
  • Score: 6

11:18am Tue 20 May 14

wippasnapper says...

IF he was a Member of Parliament he would get a sharp telling off and order’d to pay back a small some of what he had nicked and to give a pathetic apology in cambers – but lets be hones regardless of what I or many may think of the scum bag MPs being let off gently after defrauding the tax payer people who do defraud the system should be made to pay back the full amount with no exception to whom you are or a Member of Parliament if you frequently over clam you should be punished.
IF he was a Member of Parliament he would get a sharp telling off and order’d to pay back a small some of what he had nicked and to give a pathetic apology in cambers – but lets be hones regardless of what I or many may think of the scum bag MPs being let off gently after defrauding the tax payer people who do defraud the system should be made to pay back the full amount with no exception to whom you are or a Member of Parliament if you frequently over clam you should be punished. wippasnapper
  • Score: 2

11:30am Tue 20 May 14

Mr chock says...

i took a look at Bramber way .. http://goo.gl/maps/E
6HQd . did not see any opulence or merc parked in his drive , maybe it was a bit of greed but his got caught after SEVEN YEARs of doing that what would have happened if he died last year would WE have never have known about his . Mr Nazrul Chowdhury got caught congratulations to the investigations team
i took a look at Bramber way .. http://goo.gl/maps/E 6HQd . did not see any opulence or merc parked in his drive , maybe it was a bit of greed but his got caught after SEVEN YEARs of doing that what would have happened if he died last year would WE have never have known about his . Mr Nazrul Chowdhury got caught congratulations to the investigations team Mr chock
  • Score: 3

1:41pm Tue 20 May 14

Withdean-er says...

Pointless use of 'OAP' in the headline.

Whether he was 27 or 77, it still would have attracted as many readers, and is the same person - a convicted thief.
Pointless use of 'OAP' in the headline. Whether he was 27 or 77, it still would have attracted as many readers, and is the same person - a convicted thief. Withdean-er
  • Score: 2

5:53pm Tue 20 May 14

firemanste says...

he should of went to prison for a couple of years and maybe the next person who is going to do it would think twice.how come he got 56,000 in the first place.i slog my guts out every day to pay for people on the benefit system. i wish i could save that money in seven years.
he should of went to prison for a couple of years and maybe the next person who is going to do it would think twice.how come he got 56,000 in the first place.i slog my guts out every day to pay for people on the benefit system. i wish i could save that money in seven years. firemanste
  • Score: 2

6:15pm Tue 20 May 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

How come he didn't get caught a lot sooner? Normally anyone claiming benefits has their details scrutinised by the DWP to within an inch of their lives so I'm amazed it took so long to find this man's wife was working as surely her employer's told the DWP? What went wrong here?
How come he didn't get caught a lot sooner? Normally anyone claiming benefits has their details scrutinised by the DWP to within an inch of their lives so I'm amazed it took so long to find this man's wife was working as surely her employer's told the DWP? What went wrong here? getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 0

7:36pm Tue 20 May 14

panniers says...

We will see if the 52k gets repaid!
We will see if the 52k gets repaid! panniers
  • Score: 0

7:39pm Tue 20 May 14

panniers says...

We will see if the 52k gets repaid!
We will see if the 52k gets repaid! panniers
  • Score: 0

8:47pm Tue 20 May 14

Mr chock says...

panniers wrote:
We will see if the 52k gets repaid!
wow your doubly sure he will repay it .. :)
who wants to know why it took 7 years ? the guy is a sneaky old guy its clear his now been caught ."your right the DWP must have not been given the right info from that naughty thief whats his name again..
Mr Nazrul Chowdhury, 77, of Bramber Way, Burgess Hill,
i have found a photo of him since then too .. but your able to search the web for that ..
[quote][p][bold]panniers[/bold] wrote: We will see if the 52k gets repaid![/p][/quote]wow your doubly sure he will repay it .. :) who wants to know why it took 7 years ? the guy is a sneaky old guy its clear his now been caught ."your right the DWP must have not been given the right info from that naughty thief whats his name again.. Mr Nazrul Chowdhury, 77, of Bramber Way, Burgess Hill, i have found a photo of him since then too .. but your able to search the web for that .. Mr chock
  • Score: 0

9:14pm Tue 20 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

He'll be forced to sell his house, with any luck. I was on Bramber Way only this morning, delivering leaflets, and the houses are certainly desirable.

I have no sympathy. It's yet another sign that the courts are lenient when they choose to be and that people come to this country and abuse its services and systems.
He'll be forced to sell his house, with any luck. I was on Bramber Way only this morning, delivering leaflets, and the houses are certainly desirable. I have no sympathy. It's yet another sign that the courts are lenient when they choose to be and that people come to this country and abuse its services and systems. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 3

12:03pm Wed 21 May 14

Elgabalus says...

There is only £80 in that photo, it is going to take a long time to pay it back at that rate! I have been fiddling the DWP and Social for a number of years, I find the smart thing is to have nothing they can take away from you and spend it on Wine Women and Drinking, squander some, and worry about it late...oh! top Tip ...use the Library Computer to post on the Argsu haha Use a nicked card too!
There is only £80 in that photo, it is going to take a long time to pay it back at that rate! I have been fiddling the DWP and Social for a number of years, I find the smart thing is to have nothing they can take away from you and spend it on Wine Women and Drinking, squander some, and worry about it late...oh! top Tip ...use the Library Computer to post on the Argsu haha Use a nicked card too! Elgabalus
  • Score: 0

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