Former social housing employee sentenced for housing fraud
Bolarinwa Odulate, a former social housing employee has received a two and a half year prison sentence at Kingston Crown Court on Friday 14th August for abusing her professional expertise to commit a £66,000 housing fraud.
Odulate, the 38 year old former social housing officer used her professional knowledge to scam benefits intended for vulnerable people; she failed to declare she already owned a property in Southwark when she applied for a second housing property in Richmond.
An investigation began after a tip-off from a housing association; which unveiled that Odulate had brought a social housing flat under the right-to-buy scheme in Southwark back in 2004, which she rented out while applying for a second housing property in Richmond while failing to declare ownership or the additional rental income for and was awarded the flat in Southcott Road, Teddington in 2009.
Cllr Geoffrey Samuel, Richmond Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member, said:
“It sends a clear message that there’s every chance anyone who dares commit fraud in Richmond may very well end up behind bars. Odulate abused her position of trust and took advantage of her level of expertise to take money from the very people she should have been protecting. Any potential fraudster beware – this could be you.”