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Benefits cheat, Kelvin Kalloo, of Dunstable, Bedfordshire, faces jail after claiming over £100,000
A benefits cheat who claimed to be partially blind as well as disabled is facing jail after he was caught working at Watford Market and spotted driving three different cars.
Kelvin Kalloo, of Dunstable, Bedfordshire, claimed more than £100,000 in handouts from Brent Council and Central Bedfordshire Council over six years, before being caught by the councils’ investigators.
When Kalloo appeared at Harrow Crown Court last month, jurors were told he was caught out after being seen driving three different cars and working at his family business in Watford Market.
Kalloo claimed Direct Payments from Adult Social Services in Brent to help with his care needs.
He claimed to be partially sighted and permanently disabled as a result of a car crash, and between 2002 and 2008 he claimed £70,000.
He also made a simultaneous claim from Central Bedfordshire Council, where he was actually living, from 2002 to 2006 and received £27,000.
He failed to disclose to either authority that he was related to his carer, who was his wife, that he had income and, at times, up to four properties.
Kalloo made a further fraudulent claim to Central Bedfordshire Council between 2009 and 2010 for £5,700.
He also obtained a Blue Badge from Brent Council due to his claimed disabilities.
In 2008 Brent Council's Audit and Investigation Team undertook an anti-fraud initiative against people in receipt of Direct Payments identified as potentially high risk. This resulted in an initial visit to Kalloo's Brent address at which investigators noted a letter addressed to his supposed carer at that address.
Further investigation led to covert surveillance being undertaken by Brent's investigators which showed him driving three different vehicles and walking unaided whilst he claimed to be severely and permanently disabled.
Further surveillance showed him working at Watford Market, again without any aids or apparent issues with his sight.
Kalloo was arrested by police in October 2008 and as a result of a search of his property, evidence was found of income and additional bank accounts.
Following the seven week trial, on Tuesday, December 18, he was unanimously found guilty of ten counts of fraud carried out against the two authorities between 2002 and 2010, totalling £102,700.
He will be sentenced on 30 January 2013.