A "disgraceful" benefit cheat stooped as low as to pretend he did not even know his own mother in a bid to scam his way to thousands of pounds.
Fraudster Hiren Patel, 32, of Graham Road, Wealdstone, spent nearly four years cheating Harrow Council out of £5,353 in benefits by pretending he was a paying guest in his own house despite being a joint mortgage holder on the three-bedroom house in which he lives with both his parents and his brother.
Patel even signed documents claiming he was not related to his own mother in a bid to continue fraudulently claiming housing benefit.
The charade came to an end however, when he admitted falsely claiming the benefit and dishonestly making false statements to Harrow Council at Willesden Magistrates Court on December 17.
He was given a community order of 150 hours unpaid work, and ordered to repay £5,353 compensation, pay £1,000 towards prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Councillor Susan Hall, Tory leader of Harrow Council, said: “This is a disgraceful example of a dishonest man deliberately stealing valuable resources from people who really need them. We are determined to root out this criminal behaviour, on behalf of the taxpayers of Harrow, and the residents who legitimately need these benefits.”