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Benefit cheat sent to prison

PUBLISHED: 15:47 05 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:46 24 August 2010

A MILLIONAIRE benefit cheat who blamed the recession for failing to pay back his ill-gotten gains has been jailed for three years. Phillip Kole-Emmanuel, of Belmont Avenue, Wembley, ignored a court order that he should cough up £452,416 despite having £1.

A MILLIONAIRE benefit cheat who blamed the recession for failing to pay back his ill-gotten gains has been jailed for three years.

Phillip Kole-Emmanuel, of Belmont Avenue, Wembley, ignored a court order that he should cough up £452,416 despite having £1.2 million in assets.

The 46-year-old had received a nine-month old jail sentence which was suspended for two years after he admitted three counts of benefit fraud at his trial at St Albans Crown Court in February 2007.

The court heard Kole-Emmanuel accumulated his wealth by conning council chiefs in Brent, The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Hertsmere Borough Council into paying him hundreds and thousands of pounds in housing and Council Tax benefits.

A confiscation hearing in February last year ordered him to pay back the six-figure sum by October 9 but Kole-Emmanuel claimed his assets were tied up in properties and he was unable to sell them due to the downturn in the economy.

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