Deaf News: Deaf man jailed for 9 years for £800,000 Access to Work fraud

Posted on February 25, 2015

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Extract from the Mail Online website:

The profoundly deaf ringleader of an £800,000 disability allowance scam has been jailed for nine years after spending the cash on diamonds and foreign holidays.

Shahab Reza, 52, set up a network of fake companies around the world while receiving benefits and persuaded his wife Shehnaz, daughter and son to take part in his crimes.

By submitting bogus invoices for sign language interpreters, the couple from west London duped officials out of the huge sum with ‘scandalous ease’, a court heard.

The cash from the elaborate scam was used to buy a luxury home, a £600,000 penthouse, gold jewellery, an £8,000 ‘flawless’ diamond, a holiday to Dubai and a ‘student jolly’ to America.

Shehnaz Reza, 53, and her children, Dr Abbas Reza, 26, and Zainab Reza, 22, admitted the scam took place but insisted they were ‘doing what they were told’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2965560/Profoundly-deaf-ringleader-800-000-disability-allowance-scam-weeps-jailed-nine-years.html#ixzz3Sjniycwa

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