Housing cheat convicted

01 Jan 2019

A Stevenage man has been found guilty of attempting to fraudulently obtain a Council property by providing false information.

Fayyaz Khan of Wisden Road, Stevenage, pleaded guilty to supplying false information on a housing application form, on 28 November 2018 at Stevenage Magistrates Court.

The Court was told that Khan had submitted a housing application form in 2017 stating that he had been continuously resident in the borough for five or more years - the minimum period required for inclusion on the register.

An investigation conducted by Council officers and supported by the Hertfordshire Shared Anti-Fraud Service revealed that Khan had, in fact, been resident in Stoke-on-Trent between 2014 to 2016.

As a result of the investigation, his housing application was cancelled and his name removed from the Housing Register. He will now be unable to join the register or apply for social housing within Stevenage Borough Council indefinitely.

Khan pleaded guilty under the Fraud Act 2006. He was fined £250 and ordered to pay costs of £721.72 to the Council. 

You can report suspected fraud in the strictest confidence. For more information, and to report your concerns, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/spotfraud, email fraud.team@hertfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 123 4033.