London – A Nigerian couple is to be deported for fraudulently obtaining welfare benefits to the tune of 80,000 pounds from the British authorities.
34 year old Nura Kamara, a mini cab driver, and Hadiza Mohammed, 31, a care worker, were caught after their home in South Norwood, London was destroyed.
The incident was a suspected arson attack in September 2010, a London newspaper, the Daily Mail, reported.
It said that trouble started for the couple when they approached the Croydon Council’s homeless unit to seek for an alternative accommodation.
According to the council records, there were indications that housing and council tax benefits were being paid to a couple at their address but with different names.
It explained that checks from the Home Office Criminal Investigation Unit showed applications for leave to stay in the country had been submitted in yet another set of names by the couple.
They were subsequently arrested during a visit to the council’s office.
Following a search on their temporary accommodation, a rented lock-up was uncovered and several fake passports belonging to them were also recovered.(NAN)