Benefit cheat used ill-gotten gains to fund family holiday in Dubai

Mother-of-six hid �30,000 inheritence money from council chiefs

A BENEFIT cheat whisked her six children off to Dubai, bought a new car and spruced up her rented home with her ill-gotten gains.

Anab Gas, 39, admitted she had bankrolled her spending spree by swindling almost �10,000 from Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

Gas, who lives in the White City Estate, hid a �30,000 inheritance from council chiefs to claim housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support since 2002.

Under currently rules anyone with savings of more than �16,000 is not entitled to the benefits Gas claimed.

West London Magistrates Court heard over a six-year-period Gas blew her benefits money on a six- week family holiday in Dubai, new furniture for home and a Vauxhall Corsa.

She claimed she didn’t declare the money her father had left for her because she was stressed after falling out with her stepmother over the cash.

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Gas admitted two counts of benefit fraud and was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

Cllr Greg Smith, cabinet member for residents’ services, said: “Gas’ deceit is enough to make people’s blood boil.

“She thought that she could get away with putting her hands into the council’s coffers but I am delighted that her plans blew up in her face.”