Benefits cheat ran successful car dealership

A woman has avoided prison despite claiming £30,000 benefits while turning over £1m a year at her dealership

Benefits cheat ran successful car dealership
Mrs Abboud initially pleaded not guilty for the offence.

Joyce Abboud has been given a suspended six-month sentence and been ordered to do 120 hours of community service after she admitted a single count of dishonestly claiming housing and council tax benefits.

She and her husband, Youssef, had been claiming the benefits after telling Kensington & Chelsea Council that Mr Abboud only had an average income of £100 per week.

Enquiries by the council found that the couple’s used car dealership had an annual turnover of between £600,000 – £1m.

The pair also failed to declare a number of bank accounts, which were used to disguise their actual income, Isleworth Crown Court has heard.

A warrant for the arrest of Youssef Abboud was issued after his failure to attend an interview under caution and subsequent court appearances.

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