Group sentenced for making £870k-worth of false childcare claims

|News, Fraud and economic crime

A group of mothers and two men who conspired to make £870,000 in false childcare claims have been sentenced for their part in the scam.

Based in two terraced houses in Rusholme, 66-year-old Mohamed Goth and 43-year-old Feisal Sadi, the organisers of the fraud, set up two companies through which they ran an educational skills centre and a child care centre. However, these companies were actually only established for the purpose of committing fraud.

More than 60 women were ‘employed’ by the conspirators in the role of cleaners, teaching assistants, or childcare assistants, but these positions were bogus and designed only to generate false claims for tax credits, housing benefits and council tax benefits.

Building the case

Although there was some provision of childcare, with teachers employed, it was not genuine childcare and the CPS was able to prove that the arrangement was a sham.

Despite many of the mothers being employed as teaching assistants, the teachers described the classes as chaotic as there was no actual assistant support.

Instead, many of the mothers spent time in a separate room waiting for their children to finish their class.

A large number of the women, about twenty at any one time, were employed as cleaners, even though the premises they were supposed to be cleaning were two mid-sized terraced houses, in a residential street in Manchester.

When investigators raided the properties they found them filthy, with hardly any cleaning materials on the premises. They also discovered that a mouse infestation in the small cafe in the childcare centre had been reported to the Council.

Sadi and Goth provided false invoices and payslips to the women, which they used to support their claims for tax credits, housing benefits and council tax benefits and have been sentenced to a collective 12 years in prison.

Stephane Pendered of the CPS said: “They went to great lengths to cheat systems that are put in place to help people truly in need.

“This entire operation was a sham and thanks to the hard work of the DWP and Manchester City council, who investigated this case, we have been able to prove that in court.”

Yesterday at Manchester Crown Court, 23 of the remaining 37 people convicted were sentenced for their part in the conspiracy to defraud the authorities.

Notes to editors

  • Stephane Pendered is a Specialist Prosecutor in the Specialist Fraud Division at the CPS.

Charges, convictions and sentences

  • On 31 October 2017:
    • Fadumo Aden (10/10/1975) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 1 November 2017 Aden was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months, 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £41,548.22.
    • Miina Bishaaro (28/11/1965) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 30 October 2017 Bishaaro was sentenced to 21 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months, 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £41,897.12
  • On 22 November 2017:
    • Fathiya Botan (05/05/1974) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 30 November 2017 Botan was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £36,164.
  • On 1 December 2017:
    • Kaltun Hassan (01/01/1982) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 18 December 2017 Hassan was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 160 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £27,992.85
    • Fartun Osman (01/01/1970) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 18 December 2017 Osman was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 160 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £34,467.03
  • On 10 January 2018:
    • Ayan Khere (01/05/1978) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 10 January 2018 Khere was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months and 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £21,724.49
  • On 15 January 2018:
    • Amina Aden (09/04/1977) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 15 January 2018 Aden was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months, 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £21,733.94
    • Muumina Husein (12/09/1972) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 15 January 2018 Husein was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months, 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £21,026.83
  • On 8 February 2018:
    • Isha Mohamed (06/03/1966) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 8 February 2018 Mohamed was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £20,740.15
  • On 19 February 2018:
    • Osob Musa (11/01/1975) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 19 February 2018 Musa was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £18,749.46
  • On 19 March 2018:
    • Sahra Omar (25/01/1971) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 10 May 2018 Omar was sentenced to five months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 140 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £17,236.15
  • On 4 May 2018:
    • Shukri Artan (04/04/1965) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 4 May 2018 Artan was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 140 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £15,570.70
    • Kaltum Kahin (26/06/1963) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 4 May 2018 Kahin was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 140 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £15,580.49
  • On 30 November 2018:
    • Mohamed Goth (10/11/1953) was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud HMRC and Manchester City Council by organising and facilitating false claims to Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax benefit. On 11 February 2020 Goth was sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay £20,844.
    • Feisal Aw-Isse Sadi (10/10/1976) was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud HMRC and Manchester City Council by organising and facilitating false claims to Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax benefit. On 11 February 2020 Sadi was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay £44,849.
    • Farhia Mohamed (20/10/1986) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Mohamed was sentenced to 18 months in prison suspended for 12 months, 275 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £40,419.
    • Fosia Essa (01/06/1965) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Essa was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 12 months, 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £19,309.
    • Farhia Gedi (01/01/1978) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Gedi was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 12 months, 80 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £18,424.
    • Fadumo Osman (10/02/1960) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Osman was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 12 months, 220 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £18,424.
  • On 3 December 2018:
    • Suad Omar (12/12/1973) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council, and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Omar was sentenced to 8 months in prison suspended for 12 months, 90 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £17,857
    • Deeqa Ahmed (08/04/1974) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council, and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Ahmed was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 12 months, 100 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £15,835.
  • On 7 January 2019:
    • Maryan Abdi (01/01/1978) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Abdi was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £8,268.
    • Suada Hassan (01/01/1976) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Hassan was sentenced to 9 months in prison suspended for 12 months, 200 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £26,727.
    • Ismahan Ali (01/07/1985) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Ali was sentenced to five months in prison suspended for 12 months, 160 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £6,834.
  • On 29 October 2019:
    • Shukri Boos (01/07/1967) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Boos was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 12 months, 80 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £26,873.
    • Anab Hassan (10/10/1969) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Hassan was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for 12 months, 170 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £15,011.
    • Leila Ali (12/10/1964) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Ali was sentenced to five months suspended for 12 months, 160 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £7,903.
    • Suleqa Jama (05/08/1984) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Jama was sentenced to five months in prison suspended for 12 months, 160 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £21,026.
    • Nuraleyn Hamud (03/03/1965) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Hamud was sentenced to 15 months in prison suspended for 12 months, 250 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £21,691.
  • On 25 November 2019:
    • Halima Yusuf (30/10/1969) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Yusuf was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 12 months, 160 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £11,193.
    • Amina Hassan (25/06/1967) pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity with a view to obtaining Tax Credits, dishonestly making a false representation with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit from Manchester City Council and dishonestly producing false documents with a view to obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. On 11 February 2020 Hassan was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 12 months, 175 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £12,001.
  • On 29 November 2019:
    • Jiija Miirow (01/01/1970) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity undertaken with a view to obtaining payments of a tax credit, contrary to section 35(1) of the Tax Credits Act 2002, dishonestly making a false representation, contrary to section 111A(1)(a) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, dishonestly producing or furnishing a false document, contrary to section 111A(1)(b) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. On 11 February 2020 Miirow was sentenced to five months in prison suspended for 12 months, 160 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £9,596.
    • Saharo Yusuf (01/02/1977) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity undertaken with a view to obtaining payments of a tax credit, contrary to section 35(1) of the Tax Credits Act 2002, dishonestly making a false representation, contrary to section 111A(1)(a) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, dishonestly producing or furnishing a false document, contrary to section 111A(1)(b) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. On 11 February 2020 Yusuf was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 12 months, 220 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £19,244.
    • Hawo Yusuf (01/01/1965) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity undertaken with a view to obtaining payments of a tax credit, contrary to section 35(1) of the Tax Credits Act 2002, dishonestly making a false representation, contrary to section 111A(1)(a) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, dishonestly producing or furnishing a false document, contrary to section 111A(1)(b) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. On 11 February 2020 Yusuf was sentenced to four months in prison suspended for 12 months, 150 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £7,617.
    • Roodo Haashi (05/10/1975) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity undertaken with a view to obtaining payments of a tax credit, contrary to section 35(1) of the Tax Credits Act 2002, dishonestly making a false representation, contrary to section 111A(1)(a) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, dishonestly producing or furnishing a false document, contrary to section 111A(1)(b) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. On 11 February 2020 Haashi was sentenced to 160 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £6,301.
    • Amina Said-Ahmed (01/07/1979) was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity undertaken with a view to obtaining payments of a tax credit, contrary to section 35(1) of the Tax Credits Act 2002, dishonestly making a false representation, contrary to section 111A(1)(a) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, dishonestly producing or furnishing a false document, contrary to section 111A(1)(b) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. On 11 February 2020 Said-Ahmed was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 12 months, 240 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £17,844.

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