Council investigation leads to successful fraud prosecution

A man has been ordered to pay nearly £3,000 following an investigation by Lewes District Council’s Counter Fraud Team.
 
Troy Hemsley was ordered to pay an Unlawful Profit Order of £2984.00 and costs of £500 to Lewes District Council after he pleaded guilty to subletting a property owned by the council.
 
Working closely with colleagues from the housing and legal services departments, the Counter Fraud Team conducted a detailed investigation that proved Mr Hemsley was not living at the address and had been unlawfully subletting the property.
 
Councillor Ron Maskell, Lead Member for Housing at Lewes District Council, said:
 
“Lewes District Council does not tolerate tenancy fraud.  There isn’t enough social housing to meet the needs of people who genuinely need it, so it is essential we make the best use of the housing that is available by making sure it is occupied by those who are legally entitled to do so.”
 
If anyone has information that someone is not using their council property as their main home, or someone is living in a council property when they should not, they can report their concerns to the Housing Team or email housing@lewes.gov.uk.
 
People can also contact the Counter Fraud Team for the Council on 01273 085068 or they can email fraud.officer@lewes.gov.uk.  Any information will be kept secure and be treated in confidence.’

Story published on 07 August 2017