Ten-year lease fraud catches up with Hayes’ mother and son
A THREE-year investigation led to a Hayes mother and son prosecuted for rental fraud.
For 10 years, Doreen Bailey, 68, and her son Neil Mockford, 38, failed to inform council that Doreen no longer lived at her council property in Hobart Lane, Yeading.
Both pleaded guilty to fraud for failing to disclose information and making false statements to maintain the rental.
At Isleworth Crown Court, they were each sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work and a fine of £ 500. Mockford was also given a nine-month suspended prison sentence.
The property was taken over by the town hall in 2019.
The matter was brought to the attention of Council following an anonymous tip-off.
Fraud agents discovered that between 2008 and 2018, Doreen Bailey (formerly Mockford) claimed to live in the four-bedroom house despite moving to a different address in Hayes after remarrying in 2008.
In 2012, she falsely signed her rental verification form under her old last name, stating that she still occupied the Hobart Lane property.
Her son – who lived on the property – continued the deception by falsely filling out electoral registers (eight times) by claiming that his mother was staying there.
Mockford initially denied, but later admitted to subletting some rooms.
The fraud meant the council was potentially disbursed by £ 161,000 – the equivalent cost of housing a needy family in emergency accommodation over a 10-year period.
Cllr Martin Goddard, member of the finance cabinet, said: “Thanks to the work of our anti-fraud team, their blatant dishonesty and attempts to cover up their fraudulent scheme have caught up with them.
“Fortunately, in this case, we got the property back, which has now been rented out to a genuine family in need. ”