A man has been sentenced to 30 months in jail after fraudulently receiving over £100,000 in direct payments from adult services at two separate councils.
Kevin Arnold Kalloo wrongly claimed to be severely and permanently disabled, failed to disclose his level of wealth and income, received direct payments from two councils at the same time and did not admit that he was related to his carer, who was his wife.
The 35-year-old from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, was convicted after an investigation by Brent council found him to be driving three separate cars, walking unaided and working, despite claiming to be partially sighted and otherwise disabled to both Brent and Central Bedfordshire councils.
Kalloo, who pleaded not guilty, was unanimously convicted of ten counts regarding fraud carried out against the two councils from 2002-10, and sentenced yesterday at Harrow Crown Court
“Fraud against the social care system directly affects some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Brent Council’s deputy leader and lead member for corporate resources, Ruth Moher, who welcomed the sentence.
The investigation and prosecution were led by Brent council, working on behalf of Central Bedfordshire. Surveillance footage from this investigation, which was central to the prosecution, showed Kalloo to be walking unaided, yet when attending council offices he was using crutches.
Kalloo claimed to be partially sighted and permanently disabled as a result of a car crash. He also obtained a Blue Badge from Brent council as a result of his professed impairments.
Guide to direct payments