Dodgy fraudster gets surprise call

THIS was the moment when the Times gave a dodgy fraud investigator a taste of his own medicine by turning up on his doorstep unannounced. Despite working as a fraudbuster for the Department of Work and Pensions, Mohammed Aslam colluded with his wife Afsha

THIS was the moment when the Times gave a dodgy fraud investigator a taste of his own medicine by turning up on his doorstep unannounced.

Despite working as a fraudbuster for the Department of Work and Pensions, Mohammed Aslam colluded with his wife Afshan Ishaq to make a string of dishonest benefit claims over four years.

The audacious couple, who are both 37, pocketed �31,000 by claiming she was a hard-up single mother with less than �20 in the bank.

In reality the pair were living together in a separate property they owned.


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As part of his job Aslam would visit the homes of people suspected of committing benefit fraud out of the blue.

But, he was not keen to speak to the Times when we paid him a visit.

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He said 'I have nothing to say' when quizzed about his conviction last week.

Harrow Crown Court heard Ishaq was working as a teacher when she made the claims, between April 2004 and June last year.

When suspicion arose that Ishaq was fleecing the benefits system, Aslam took advantage of the fact that the pair were married according to Islamic tradition.

Because their marriage was not recognised under British law his wife had retained her maiden name, so he was able to formally interview her and halt the investigation.

The pair initially denied any wrong doing but during their trial changed their pleas.

Aslam admitted wilful misconduct in public office, money laundering and three counts of perverting the course of justice.

Ishaq, who now lives in Barn Way, Wembley, admitted three deception counts involving housing and council tax benefits from Harrow Council as well as income support. The pair, who face jail, will be sentenced on Monday (November 2).

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