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Deaf fraudsters used funds to buy Dubai property

Couple registered fake invoices with authorities for sign language interpreters

Deaf fraudsters used funds to buy Dubai property

A deaf British couple who scammed £900,000 ($1,457,276) off government authorities by pretending the funds were for sign language interpreters used the money to buy an investment property in Dubai, it was reported.

Shahab Reza and his wife Shehnaz, who are both deaf and live in west London, submitted fake invoices to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for sign language interpreters but instead used the money to fund holidays, jewellery, university fees, holidays and a Dubai property, the Daily Mail reported.

The 51-year-old father has admitted to his part in the fraud and faces several years in jail. His wife denies the charges against her, as do the couple’s two children, who have been charged with aiding the scam.

The family is also accused of carrying out similar scams against the National Health Service and the Student Loans Company.

The trial is expected to last two months.

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Marc Z 6 years ago

This clearly show that the Government Authorities were really stupid or not up to their task to fall for this scam. Maybe they were part of this.

ahmed 6 years ago

oops...but aren't there any cross checks or control mechanisms to keep such fraudsters in check....this seems a pretty blatant misuse with no checks!!