After Watford Borough Council fraud investigators made checks through the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), it was discovered in 2018 that Mr Murat Coker from Turnstones, Watford, made applications for benefits, without declaring that he had a Transport for London Taxi Licence and had in fact been an Uber driver since 2015.
On 11 May 2018, Mr Coker was interviewed under caution where he admitted to falsely claiming £2,355 in benefits. He pleaded guilty to one charge under the Fraud Act 2006 at St Albans Magistrates Court. Mr Coker received a financial penalty of £335, plus costs of £284 for prosecution and victim surcharge. Arrangements are being made to repay the benefits.
Peter Taylor, Elected Mayor of Watford, said: “Our consistent success in prosecuting benefit fraud sends a clear message that it will not be tolerated. It is a great example of how we ensure money is not taken illegally out of the public purse.”
If you suspect that someone is committing fraud, please report this to the Fraud team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0800 458 9200.