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Jailed over benefit fraud

Refugee from Sudan pleaded guilty to having a false identity document and benefit fraud.

15 October 2008. Yasser Daifullah, 28, worked illegally and fraudulently claimed more than £2,000 in benefits, a court heard. He deceived the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) into giving him accommodation with paid utility bills and £35-a-week vouchers – totalling £2,240 – after claiming he was penniless.

Sheffield Crown Court heard he used fake ID to work illegally at Abbey Glen launderette where he earned £28,000 in two years.

After he entering the UK in Portsmouth illegally at the back of a lorry, the man claimed asylum in June 2005, but it was refused. He was being supported by the NASS, and even put in a further benefits claim in May 2007. He was arrested on September 16.

The judge jailed him for 12 months and recommended he be deported at the end of his sentence.

The judge said: "It’s not simply a case of using false documents to get work, you were also prepared to deceive the NASS and obtain substantial benefits. All of that demonstrates it is to this country’s detriment if you stay."

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