Derby City Council has successfully prosecuted an individual for a false housing application contrary to Sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.
On Friday 4th May 2018 Ingar Veliks pleaded guilty to submitting a false housing application and on Tuesday 22nd May he attended Derby Magistrates’ Court for sentencing. He was fined £300.00 and also ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £805.00 in full and a victim surcharge of £30.00.
In March 2016 Mr Veliks, age 33, approached Derby City Council for help with housing. He declared that he lived with his partner, child and another adult and so on the basis that his living conditions were overcrowded the application was accepted.
Housing officers became suspicious and referred the case to the council’s Counter Fraud Team when they were told the other adult was out of the country for a number of weeks. An investigation established evidence that the other adult was not usually resident in the UK and Mr Veliks had falsely stated that the person was living with them in an effort to obtain accommodation.
Cllr Nicola Roulstone, Cabinet Member for Finance and Procurement said:
“We are pleased to have brought this prosecution to a successful conclusion thanks to the work of dedicated council officers. This council will ensure those making false applications will be investigated and prosecuted. We want people to appreciate that taking a home you are not entitled to prevents it being available to someone who is in desperate need. We are determined to show that this kind of behaviour is unacceptable”.
Wish to make a referral to the Counter Fraud Team? Visit the Report Fraud website.