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A HUSBAND and his wife from Stanmore have admitted benefit fraud dating back at least eight years.
Gowri Baskaran and Pooranvelui Baskaran, 46, of Ruth Close, appeared at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on August 7.
Mrs Baskaran falsified Department for Work and Pensions application forms for housing benefit and council tax benefit in April 2004, in November 2005, in August 2006, in May 2007 and in September 2008 at her home.
Then between December 2007 and March 2008, allowed her husband to keep from the government a change in their circumstances she knew would affect their entitlement to benefits.
Mrs Baskaran admitted five counts of dishonestly making a false statement to obtain a benefit or payment and one of dishonestly allowing another to fail to give prompt notification of a change of circumstances regarding their entitlement to benefit or payment.
Mr Baskaran admitted two counts of dishonestly making a false statement to obtain a benefit or payment and two of dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstances affecting his entitlement to social security benefit or other payment.
Baskaran had submitted a benefit claim form for council tax and housing benefit without advising that his wife held a Barclays bank account, in April 2004 and again in November 2005.
Twice, between 2007 and 2008, and in 2009, Baskaran dishonestly failed to promptly notify the Department for Work and Pensions that he had worked as a taxi driver from December 2007 to March 2008 and that his earnings would affect his entitlement to benefits.
The couple will be sentenced on Tuesday.