UK: Four found guilty of grants fraud

Four Nottingham people have admitted defrauding the government out of almost £42,000 in maternity grants.

Lookman Agbolahan, 22, of Highurst Court, who led the scheme, was jailed for two years and three months.

His girlfriend Victoria Gladstone, 20, of Nuthall Road, was given a suspended one-year jail term.

Agbolahan got details from Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) workers Andre Phang, 29, of Edbury Road and Mark Palmer, 27, of Bodmin Drive.


Having obtained personal information including dates of birth and national insurance numbers from Phang and Palmer, Agbolahan and Gladstone would fill out maternity grant forms and set up Post Office accounts, some in false names, to collect the cash.

The pair was eventually found out when they were caught on CCTV repeatedly using the Queen Street Post Office in Nottingham to withdraw money from accounts in different names.

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