While not every case is the same, many such people are living off the backs of the taxpayer who should never been allowed entrance into the county. This is just the tip of the iceberg. KGS
Asylum seeker who claimed to have been gang-raped and witnessed family’s murder in Somalia exposed as £250k benefit fraudster
Mother-of-six also conned Swedish government out of £50,000… and spent the money on holidays to Africa
Judge brands fraudster’s manipulation of the asylum system ‘cynical’ and ‘dishonest’
Benefit scam: Amina Muse claimed asylum in the UK based on ‘atrocities’ committed against her in Somalia – but was living in Sweden at the time
An asylum seeker who claimed she had been gang-raped in Somalia was jailed today for swindling more than £250,000 in a ‘professionally planned’ benefit scam.
Amina Muse, 38, also conned Swedish authorities out of £50,000, spending the money on luxury living and holidays in Africa.
While she claimed asylum in the UK based on ‘appalling atrocities’ committed against her in Somalia, investigators found she was living in Sweden at the time.
Handing her a four-and-a-half-year prison term at Harrow Crown Court, in north London, Judge Stephen Holt told her: ‘One of the most serious aspects of this case is your cynical, dishonest manipulation of the whole system of asylum.’
Muse, a mother of six, who also went by the name of Ayan Abdulle, sought refuge in Britain after moving to Sweden in 1995 where she was granted citizenship and enjoyed a ‘comfortable’ life.
On her UK asylum application, disclosed today, she claimed militiamen stormed and looted her family home in war-torn Somalia on December 1, 1998, because she was a member of a minority group.
‘They opened fire at us and then broke into our house by force,’ she said. ‘They shot dead my brothers Asad and Burhan. They died instantly in our presence.’
But investigators, who suspect the Muse to be of Kenyan descent, found this to be the date on which she gave birth to a child in Sweden.
Between June 2004 and May 2010, Muse, from Neasden, north-west London, claimed a total of £261,358.14 in income support, disability living allowance for one of her children and carer’s allowance for herself.
This included child benefit, child tax credits and housing benefit from various local authorities.
She received a total of £112,985.51 from the borough of Camden where she lived in a four-bedroom property.
Condemning her deceit, Judge Holt said: ‘In my view it was fraud from the outset. It was professionally planned.’