Laura Sharman 02 February 2018

Fraudster jailed over £45k council tax scam

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A man who used forged university documentation to scam eight local authorities out of £45,000 in council tax has been jailed for 18 months.

Sakiru Oresanwo, 34, provided 23 people with false certificates so they could claim to be full-time students and avoid paying council tax.

Mr Oresanwo had stolen the letter headed paper from where he worked at the University of Sunderland’s London campus and his former employer, the EThames Graduate School in Ilford.

When he was arrested, he was caught with enough headed paper to deprive local authorities of up to £3m in council tax.

Cllr Maureen O’Mara, cabinet member for customer services and anti-fraud at Royal Greenwich Council, said: 'Mr Oresanwo abused his position as a finance assistant and set out to defraud not only the Royal Borough of Greenwich but several other local authorities of much needed council tax revenue.

'Had it not been for the Royal Greenwich council tax staff member suspecting the student certificate was false and the excellent detective work by our investigators to bring this case to Court, many local authorities would have stood to lose a substantial loss of income.'

Mr Oresanwo pleaded guilty to four offences under the Fraud Act 2006.

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