Face of the woman charged over scam where hundreds of Bangladeshis flew into Britain for ONE DAY to claim benefit… costing the taxpayer millions
Italy-based migrants ‘arrived at Stansted before interviews at Jobcentre’
Bangladeshis got National Insurance numbers for use on bogus pay slips
Fraud in east London allegedly made millions of pounds over three years
By MARK DUELL FOR MAILONLINE
25 May 2015
A charity trustee has been charged with a fraud offence after a huge benefits racket probe involving hundreds of Bangladeshi migrants with European Union passports.
Asma Khanam, 46, of Newbury Park, east London, who is involved with relief organisation Families for Survival UK, was among 13 people arrested as part of the investigation.
The racket is said to involve fraudsters making one-day trips from Italy to attend interviews at Jobcentres for National Insurance numbers.
Families for Survival’s offices in Ilford, east London, were searched by investigators and documents and computers were seized.
The arrests follow an investigation by the Department for Work and Pensions and Redbridge Council into a scam which is thought to have cost taxpayers millions of pounds.
It could be one of the largest organised benefits frauds ever uncovered in Britain.
Bangladesh-born migrants alleged to be involved in the racket have arrived in the UK over the past three years after getting EU citizenship in Italy.
They are accused of making false housing benefit claims to local councils after obtaining national insurance numbers and moving into new homes. Bogus wage slips were allegedly produced to help with their applications.
Last year Essex Police reported a significant number of Bangladesh-born migrants with Italian passports arriving at London Stansted Airport from Italy.
They were armed with appointment letters to attend interviews at job centres in London to obtain National Insurance numbers and had return flight tickets for the same day.
The DWP later identified up to 400 applications for National Insurance numbers had been received from the same address in Bow, east London.
The address was one of a number visited during last Tuesday’s police operation.
Families for Survival UK is alleged to be one of at least five organisations which provided frauds with fake employment details.
Two directors of other companies, including a recruitment firm, were also arrested. A number of the companies are alleged not to be trading.
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