Laura Sharman 05 May 2016

Ex-council worker jailed for role in ‘momentous’ housing fraud case

Ex-council worker jailed for role in ‘momentous’ housing fraud case image

A former employee at Southwark Council has been jailed for five years for her involvement in a housing fraud case involving 23 fake housing applications.

Trudy Ali-Balogun helped four people make fraudulent applications for homeless housing while working as a homeless caseworker from 2003 to 2005.

Ms Ali-Balogun used her knowledge of the housing legislation to ‘prove’ homelessness when each application should have been refused. The fake applications included false information and documentation such as false signatures, birth certificates, wage slips and passports. Many of the applicants were in the country unlawfully at the time

She has now been found guilty of misconduct in a public office and sentenced to five years imprisonment.

Fiona Colley, Southwark Council’s cabinet member for finance, modernisation and performance, said: ‘I’m glad that the penalty reflects the severity of the crimes committed and I hope this send out a clear message about just how seriously we take housing fraud. Southwark’s waiting list is filled with hundreds of people in genuine need of a home.

‘We will continue to cater to these people whilst also bringing those who take advantage of the system to justice.’

The four applicants also on trial were found guilty of obtaining services by deception and received prison sentences.

The council has now introduced a number of measures to combat housing fraud including a new web based anti-fraud prevention tool that shows if a property is part of council stock or if it is private.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - SGO & Connected Person Assessment Team

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Special Guardianship Order (SGO) & Connected Person Assessment Team The SGO and Connected Person's Assessment Team (North & Mid) first started in Apri England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Economy & Business Service Manager 

Harborough District Council
£49,350 to £52,368
Looking for an experienced manager who understands public sector responsibilities with the proven ability to deliver our ambitions. Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Recuriter: Harborough District Council

Head of Income and Financial Inclusion

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£48,800 - £66,000 per annum
You’ll have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a substantial track record of successful performance management. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Advanced Practitioner

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£33.600 - £45,400 per annum
Looking for an Advanced practitioner Social workers to join the Adult social services in the... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Adult Principle Social Worker

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£36,600 - £49,600 per annum
The successful candidate will be a passionate and skilled communicator with ability to work alongside operational Social Workers and... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how public sector organisations can unlock the hidden value in their land, and why a new approach to construction could help boost the outcomes of the Government’s One Public Estate programme.

The December issue also considers why learnings from ancient cities could provide the key to promoting wellbeing in the modern built environment. It also contains a case study on how the London Borough of Westminster has provided high quality care for the elderly alongside a block of luxury apartments.

Register for your free digital issue