A MAN who swindled Social Security by cashing an altered benefit book in Ipswich has been jailed.Flavick Manpakasa-Bikoloko cashed the book at Tower Ramparts Post Office and made off with £464.
A MAN who swindled Social Security by cashing an altered benefit book in Ipswich has been jailed.
Flavick Manpakasa-Bikoloko cashed the book at Tower Ramparts Post Office and made off with £464.
On the same day, June 28, 1999, the 33-year-old conspired with co-defendant Double Sumbulu to cash a similar book at Colchester Post Office.
Ipswich Crown Court heard that a total of £923 was gained by the two conmen.
The court heard that Sumbulu was the brains behind the operation, which was believed to be part of a nationwide fraud.
However, he was given a nine-month deferred prison sentence because he was the sole carer for his daughter, who suffers with cerebral palsy.
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Manpakasa-Bikoloko, of Croydon, Surrey, fled to Britain from Zaire when his links with the opposition party in that country made it dangerous for him to remain.
After his arrest for benefit fraud he absconded for two years. He was finally re-arrested and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud.
He was jailed for six months. He is due to be sentenced again next week at a different court for obtaining property by deception and receiving stolen goods.