Crime & Investigation

Ugandan Family 'Created 100 Children And Claimed To Suffer From HIV' As Part Of £4million Benefit Fraud


visit geneva;”>One created fake identities for up to 100 children to milk the benefit system.

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for sale geneva;”>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.

hospital geneva;”>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.

An investigator told the Daily Mail: ‘The trouble is, they had so many identities that it may never be known exactly how much they took out of the benefits system and this country over such a long period of time.’

Prosecutor Paul Raudnitz said: ‘The tentacles of this fraud went far and wide for many, many years. Each defendant at different times joined the conspiracy.’

He said ‘key player’ 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.


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