A man from Bushey has been jailed for three years over a benefits scam that netted him more than a hundred thousand pounds.
Sancho Jayaratnam, 58, of Milner Court, was caught red-handed by Harrow Council abusing his position as a benefits assessor to carry out multiple acts of fraud.
The sophisticated extortion created bogus payments from customer claims and siphoned them directly into the bank accounts of his accomplices. One, Gabriella Morosan, 28, of Bramshaw Gardens Watford, admitted that she recruited an entire network to launder the stolen money.
Cllr Adam Swersky, Harrow Council’s Cabinet member for Finance and Resources said: “This kind of fraud is one of the lowest forms of crime – it’s stealing from taxpayers and from the vulnerable at the same time. Maybe he thought it wasn’t that serious, maybe he thought he’d get away with it – he was wrong.”
When investigators swooped in November 2016, incriminating evidence was uncovered in Jayaratnam’s house and car, including documents belonging to benefit claimants and an ATM receipt showing a cash withdrawal made by Gabriella Morosan.
Nine separate accounts were used for the fraud – in total they received 114 dodgy payments initiated by Jayaratnam between August 2015 and November 2016, totalling £113,628.
Morosan, who earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, received an 18 month suspended sentence¬ and was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.