An asylum seeker who claimed she had been gang-raped in Somalia has been jailed for swindling more than £250,000 in a “professionally planned” benefits scam.
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Amina Muse, 38, also conned Swedish authorities out of £50,000, spending the money on luxury living and holidays in Africa. While she claimed asylum in the UK, based on “appalling atrocities” committed against her in Somalia
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Handing her a four-and-a-half-year prison term at Harrow Crown Court in north London, Judge Stephen Holt told her: “One of the most serious aspects of this case is your cynical, dishonest manipulation of the whole system of asylum.”
Muse, a mother-of-six who also went by the name of Ayan Abdulle, sought refuge in Britain after moving to Sweden in 1995 where she was granted citizenship and enjoyed a “comfortable” life.more
But the terrifying ordeal, like her identity, was completely bogus – it was merely a front for an elaborate benefit fraud that cost taxpayers more than £400,000.
On the day that Muse claimed that armed men stormed her family home in East Africa she was giving birth in Sweden.
The 38-year-old, who investigators suspect might actually be Kenyan, conned that country out of £50,000.
She spent the money on luxury living, flying between Stockholm and London to perpetuate her scam.
Yesterday she was jailed for four and a half years after a jury convicted her of a string of fraud charges.
The judge said the sentence would have been harsher but for consideration of the welfare of Muse’s children, the ‘real victims in this case’.
The court was told she cannot be deported because she is a British citizen. Last night there were demands that the Home Office, which is reviewing her status, remove her from this country.
Tory MP Philip Davies said: ‘This kind of scam brings the whole asylum system into complete disrepute.
At least 60,000 asylum seekers will be lost without trace as the UK Border Agency (UKBA) struggles to clear its backlog of claims, MPs have said.
They will be left in limbo as their claims are consigned to a growing pile of applications unlikely to ever be resolved, the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee said.
‘It’s no wonder there is no confidence in the authorities to properly control our borders and stop our hospitality being abused.
‘The fact that this woman’s future status in this country is in any doubt whatsoever is unbelievable.
There can’t be one person in this country who doesn’t want her kicked out of the country and never allowed back.’More