Deaf News: Deaf couple and family appear in court charged with £800,000 Access to Work fraud

Posted on September 11, 2014

Earlier today, we reported on how seven people are appearing in court charged with a £200,000 Access to Work fraud.

Now, we can also report that a Deaf couple and their family have appeared in court charged with £800,000 Access to Work fraud.

Extract from the Daily Mail:

A deaf man and his family falsely claimed £800,000 for sign language interpreters in a ‘dishonest and greedy’ benefits scam, a court has heard.

Shahab Reza, of Perivale, west London, submitted fake invoices to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) but used the money to fund holidays, jewellery and university fees, prosecutors say.

The 51-year-old and his wife, Shehnaz Reza, both of whom are deaf, also involved their children, Zainab Reza, 22, and Abbas Reza, 26, it is claimed.

Father Shahab, 51, has admitted his role in the swindle and is facing years behind bars.

Mother Shehnaz and children Zainab and Abbas all deny being part of a conspiracy.

Southwark Crown Court heard Shahab masterminded a four-year scam by submitting fake invoices for sign language interpreters to the DWP through the Access to Work scheme.

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