Welfare fraud and asylum chaos

A family of African fraudsters stole at least £4million from taxpayers in a 20-year scam.

One created fake identities for up to 100 children to milk the benefit system.

She also claimed to suffer from HIV and require costly drugs – but in reality sent them back to Uganda to be sold for huge profits.

A court heard that supplying the drugs for so many years cost the taxpayer more than £2million.

A further £154,000 went on education for the ‘family’, with £37,500 for a single higher education course.

Fraud relating to accommodation costs and sub-letting of flats cost £650,000, and the family’s myriad benefits totalled £900,000.

During their six-week trial, a jury heard how the group ‘conspired together to create, use and exploit’ false identities in order to carry out the staggering fraud.

Ruth Nabuguzi, 49, ‘employed multiple identities … so many that the true number of identities may never ever be known’.

Nabuguzi, originally from Uganda, made claims for HIV/AIDS drugs costing £2,280,000. She also received £500,000 in housing benefit from Newham Council in east London, Croydon Crown Court heard.

Nabuguzi came to the UK in 1991 and claimed asylum for herself and four children she had left behind in Uganda.

Three years later, she used the name Jane Namusisi to apply for asylum again – along with two more children. In 1999 – using the name Pauline Zalwango – she applied once more, this time with three children.

She is believed to have regularly travelled back to Uganda and bought at least three properties in and around the capital Kampala.

Dennis Kyeyune, 29, is thought to be Nabuguzi’s son or nephew. Police found a black holdall at his east London home hidden on a shed roof with a vast array of fake documents, described as a ‘kitbag for the commission of identity fraud’.

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