Man Charged for Housing Fraud Offences
Mole Valley District Council successfully prosecuted Mr Ian Day, a 58 year old man from Lingfield, for Housing Fraud offences on Wednesday 26 July 2017.Mr Day was found to have provided false information to Mole Valley District Council's (MVDC) Housing team; information which helped a relative of Mr Day having their homelessness application accepted and be given temporary accommodation. Guildford Magistrates Court sentenced Mr Day to a fine of £440 for each of the three offences. He was also ordered to pay MVDC costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £44.
Day had maintained that he was the tenant of a property near East Grinstead. However, following an investigation, MVDC discovered that it was his relative - who said he had been homeless for almost two years - who had in fact been the tenant. The relative had left the property owing significant rent arrears and costs for damage to the property. Had Day provided MVDC with the correct information in the first instance, the relative would not have been accepted as homeless nor considered for a social housing.
Councillor Corinna Osborne-Patterson, Executive Member for Communities, Services & Housing, said: "Social housing is a limited resource, and it is important that the any offers of accommodation are made to those in genuine need. When applying for accommodation, it is important that people provide honest and truthful information. Failure to do so could be an offence and legal action may be taken. As shown in this case, MVDC will take legal action against those who it believes have misled or lied in any way in relation to a housing application whether it is the applicant or those supporting them."
If you suspect someone of committing Fraud against MVDC, please phone the Fraud Hotline, 01306 879284, where you will be able to speak to a trained investigator. All calls will be treated in a strictly confidential manner, and your identity will remain anonymous.