Eight men have been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court for conspiracy to defraud the Department of Work and Pensions of over £60,000. Mohammed Farah, the main organiser of the conspiracy, was sentenced to 3 years and 8 months’ imprisonment. Three other men received sentences of 27 months’ imprisonment. The remaining four conspirators received sentences of between 16 and 21 months’ imprisonment, all of which were suspended.
The eight men had all involved themselves in a scheme to obtain DWP ‘crisis loans’ by using false National Insurance numbers and inventing false stories. Six of the eight men had pleaded guilty at the plea and case management hearing, the remaining two were convicted after a four-day trial. Laura Hobson appeared for the Crown throughout the proceedings.