Harlesden woman convicted of benefit fraud

Mother claimed more than �50,000 over six years

A benefit cheat who claimed to be an unemployed single mother while living with her partner and holding down a full-time job has been sentenced.

Harrow Crown Court heard Luisa Primo, 46, of Creukhorne Road, Harlesden, fraudulently claimed more than �50,000 over six years.

She had been claiming income support, housing and council tax benefit since at least 1999.

However, despite her partner moving in 2003 and Primo starting full time work in 2005 she continued to claim benefits.

Primo admitted four counts of benefit fraud and was sentenced to six months in jail suspended for a year and ordered to carry out 50 hours community service.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, lead member for resources, said: “This case shows that Brent Council will not tolerate those who seek to cheat the system and we will pursue anyone who is claiming benefits they are not entitled to.

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“Benefits are for the borough’s most needy residents and not to supplement the lifestyle of greedy fraudsters.”