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Housing fraud must pay almost £100k to Barking and Dagenham Council

PUBLISHED: 11:05 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:05 13 January 2017

The housing cheat has three months to pay Barking and Dagenham Council almost £100,000

The housing cheat has three months to pay Barking and Dagenham Council almost £100,000

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A housing cheat has been ordered to pay almost £100,000 after illegally subletting her council flat.

Moshoodat Oladejo, who also uses the surname Oshodi, faces a year in prison if she doesn’t pay the council £97,864.26 by April 5.

Oladejo pleaded guilty to illegally renting out her home in Kier Hardie Way, Barking from 2006 to 2013 for between £500 and £600 a month in a scam deputy council leader Cllr Dominic Twomey said fuelled the housing crisis.

“Council homes are precious and even more so in London’s spiralling housing crisis and increasing homelessness,” he said. “Her greed has deprived another deserving person the opportunity of a roof over their head.”

Oladejo, who appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on January 5, went on to fraudulently buy the one-bedroom flat under the Right to Buy scheme at a reduced rate of £47,000. The flat was confiscated from her in July when her illegal subletting scam was discovered. She was sentenced to 20 months in prison and was released on licence just before Christmas.


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