Milton Keynes tenant sentenced after lying about being homeless

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A man who claimed he had nowhere to live while already having a tenancy with a housing association was sentenced by Milton Keynes Magistrates on Friday(9 May).

Mansur Machele, 45, of Johnstone Place, Oldbrook, was sentenced under the Fraud Act 2006 to 11 weeks custody - suspended for 12 months - with 150 hours of unpaid community work.

In addition the justices ordered that he pay £1,362 in costs to Milton Keynes Council.

He had at an earlier hearing this year pleaded guilty to the charges.

Magistrates had heard how a fraud investigation by Milton Keynes Service Partnership’s Corporate Anti-Fraud Team, found that in February 2008 Mr Machele had fraudulently applied for and obtained a council property under false circumstances.

It was found that during the time of his application he already had a valid and secure social tenancy with Places For People Housing Association, but had deliberately concealed his true circumstances.

This would mean that he would not have qualified for a house from Milton Keynes Council.

Once the true facts had been uncovered the council terminated Mr Machele’s tenancy and took possession of the property.

The property has since been used to provide a house a family in real need who were previously living in temporary B&B accommodation.

A Corporate Anti-Fraud Team spokesman for Milton Keynes Council said: “Milton Keynes Service Partnership working in conjunction with Milton Keynes Council will robustly pursue those people who commit housing tenancy fraud in any guise.

“Perpetrators will, where appropriate as in this case, be prosecuted. In every case of fraud the council will seek to recover the property and rehouse those people in genuine need.”