Daud shamelessly took taxpayer's cash
Neither will she have to return any of the money, and she received just a paltry two year SUSPENDED sentence.
Khwirunissa Daud, 73, of Leicester, got the taxpayer’s cash for her fit and healthy granddaughter who knew nothing of the money and was living thousands of miles away.
Prosecuting, James Bide-Thomas, said: “Between 2005 and 2015 this defendant made claims for disability living allowance, incapacity benefit, employment support allowance, Sure Start maternity grant, child tax credits and carers allowance.
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It was dishonest from the start
Prosecuting, James Bide-Thomas
“They were claimed in respect of a granddaughter she said was living with her but was in fact residing in Malawi, so was not in any way entitled to these benefits.
“It’s not as if this was a case of a one-off incident of dishonesty dating back to 2005 where the defendant simply failed to notify authorities of a change in circumstances.
“It was dishonest from the start.”
The case was heard at Leicester Crown Court
Sentencing at Leicester Crown Court, Judge Marcus Tregilgas-Davey said Daud was “thoroughly dishonest”.
He said: "You fraudulently claimed benefits for your granddaughter. When in fact she moved to Malawi at the age of 15.
“So you were claiming benefits for a granddaughter living on a different continent.
“You are a thoroughly dishonest woman who should be embarrassed and ashamed.
“Furthermore, you give genuine benefit claimants a bad name. They are often pilloried in the press because of people like you.”
Daud was given a two year suspended sentence because of her ill health.
No proceeds of crime order were made due to Daud's lack of resources.
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