First four borough fraud conviction for Freedom Pass forger
17 September 2019
A man was sentenced to 18 month’s imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, after forging documents when applying for Disabled Person’s Freedom Passes and Disabled Person’s Blue Badges.
Mr Henry Ifganyichukum Igwe, a 27-year-old fraudster from East London, was found guilty of 12 offences - nine at Brent, Enfield and Haringey Councils. He then pled guilty to a further three charges of forgery at Waltham Forest Council.
A lengthy investigation, led by Brent Council’s Fraud Team, discovered that scammer Mr Igwe used fake birth certificates, utility bills and medical certificates to falsely present himself and others as disabled.
Brent Council worked with the other three local boroughs, who carried out their own thorough and professional investigations with Brent’s support, to join up the charges which resulted in the successful verdict.
Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council said:
“Abuse of the Disabled Person’s Freedom Passes and Blue Badge schemes will not be tolerated. These schemes are to help those who genuinely need support and we will not allow scammers to fraudulently benefit from them.
“This first ever joint prosecution spanning four London Boroughs, shows that dedicated fraud teams working together and sharing resources, can bring fraudsters to justice, whilst minimising costs to local residents and cash-strapped councils.”
For the Brent, Enfield and Haringey offences Mr Igwe was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment per offence for these 9 offences to be served concurrently. The sentence was suspended for 18 months.
Mr Igwe was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for each of the three Waltham Forest offences. This is also suspended and will be served concurrently with the 18 months’ sentence.
Mr Igwe also needs to complete 20 hours of a rehabilitation activity requirement order.