Pizza delivery man admits fraud

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A PIZZA delivery man who claimed more than £700 in benefits while claiming to be a student to avoid Council Tax has been sentenced.

Raza Shamsher, 25, of Smith Walk, Bury St Edmunds, told council officers that he was studying at a college in London when asked in December of 2009.

In reality, the college he claimed to be attending had gone into liquidation and Shamsher was earning £100 a week as a delivery driver for Dominos.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud by false representation at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

He also declared that he was not married and lived alone, according to Paul Weller, prosecuting.

But when officers went to his address, they found several women and a child in residence and that their names were assigned to that address on the electoral register.

Paul Booty, in mitigation, told the court that Shamsher had moved to England in 1997 from Bangladesh. Mr Booty said: “He ought to have disclosed things that he did not.”

The vast majority of the money has been repaid by Shamsher, according to Mr Booty, with only £300 outstanding.

Magistrate Stuart Roy said the court’s concern was not the amount of money involved, but that it appeared that Shamsher would have continued to avoid payments had he not been caught.

He was given a one year community order with 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £225.