Name-swapping illegal immigrant jailed for two years for £60k benefit fraud in Sutton

Kenneth Scott-Emuakpor

Kenneth Scott-Emuakpor

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An illegal immigrant who flagrantly defrauded taxpayers out of more than £60,000 has been jailed for two years.

It is the longest conviction secured against a benefits cheat by Sutton Council and comes after a lengthy investigation and court case.

Kenneth Scott-Emuakpor, 48, of Clowser Close in Sutton, came to the UK illegally in the 90s and falsely assumed the identity of Baron Sadigben to obtain a passport in 1996.

He was informed he had no legal right to stay in the country and served with a deportation order in 1998 but did not leave the country.

Instead, he changed his name from is false identity of Baron Sadigben to his real name of Kenneth Scott-Emuakpor by deed poll and managed to renew his passport in that name.

He started claiming housing benefit in 2005 and claimed a total of £60,090 until May last year when his scam was uncovered.

Suspicions arose in April 2013 when he contacted Sutton council to tell them his wife and children had moved to the UK from Nigeria to join him.

He sent his passport to the Home Office as part of the application for his wife to come move here.

It was then that the authorities realised what had happened and he was arrested in May 2013.

Scott-Emuakpor denied seven charges of benefit fraud but was found guilty by a jury at Croydon Crown Court last month and was sentenced to two years in jail.

He will also have to pay back the benefits he fraudulently claimed.

Councillor Jayne McCoy, chairman of Sutton Council's housing committee, said: "Benefit fraud and deception is unfair to residents who are honest and it will not be tolerated by Sutton Council.

"This is the longest sentence that we have ever secured and we will always push for the maximum punishment against those who defraud taxpayers.

"Mr Scott-Emuakpor flagrantly defrauded the council, and we are pleased that he has been ordered to repay the huge sums that he stole."


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9:51am Thu 10 Apr 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

If only he had become an MP, he could have got away with it.
If only he had become an MP, he could have got away with it. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 12

10:58am Thu 10 Apr 14

Purleycalm says...

Well done to the council for pursuing this, worthwhile effort. I am sure this is the tip of the iceberg.
Well done to the council for pursuing this, worthwhile effort. I am sure this is the tip of the iceberg. Purleycalm
  • Score: 10

12:22pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Marie from Sutton says...

Sad that Nigerians have such a bad reputation as fraudsters.
Sad that Nigerians have such a bad reputation as fraudsters. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: 3

12:25pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Brianfromsutton says...

Well done for securing this conviction.

Will he now be deported, and made sure to leave..... (served with a deportation order in 1998 but did not leave the country.)...

or will it be a case that his wife and family are now here..... (Suspicions arose in April 2013 when he contacted Sutton council to tell them his wife and children had moved to the UK from Nigeria to join him)....

so it would be against his Human Rights to send him packing ?
Well done for securing this conviction. Will he now be deported, and made sure to leave..... (served with a deportation order in 1998 but did not leave the country.)... or will it be a case that his wife and family are now here..... (Suspicions arose in April 2013 when he contacted Sutton council to tell them his wife and children had moved to the UK from Nigeria to join him).... so it would be against his Human Rights to send him packing ? Brianfromsutton
  • Score: 8

12:31pm Thu 10 Apr 14

mr-bjp says...

How is he going to repay 60k? Anyway, he should be put on the first flight out of the country on the day he is released from prison.
How is he going to repay 60k? Anyway, he should be put on the first flight out of the country on the day he is released from prison. mr-bjp
  • Score: 9

3:01pm Thu 10 Apr 14

alroutemaster says...

Why was this not spotted earlier? And I hope his family have already been deported to be followed by him. And as for paying it back, no chance!
Why was this not spotted earlier? And I hope his family have already been deported to be followed by him. And as for paying it back, no chance! alroutemaster
  • Score: 8

3:06pm Thu 10 Apr 14

alroutemaster says...

Marie from Sutton wrote:
Sad that Nigerians have such a bad reputation as fraudsters.
Why sad? Any sensible person knows their reputation is well deserved.
[quote][p][bold]Marie from Sutton[/bold] wrote: Sad that Nigerians have such a bad reputation as fraudsters.[/p][/quote]Why sad? Any sensible person knows their reputation is well deserved. alroutemaster
  • Score: 9

3:42pm Thu 10 Apr 14

LiberalsOut says...

Marie from Sutton wrote:
Sad that Nigerians have such a bad reputation as fraudsters.
One of the top countries for internet scams
[quote][p][bold]Marie from Sutton[/bold] wrote: Sad that Nigerians have such a bad reputation as fraudsters.[/p][/quote]One of the top countries for internet scams LiberalsOut
  • Score: 6

5:24pm Thu 10 Apr 14

edstar says...

alroutemaster wrote:
Why was this not spotted earlier? And I hope his family have already been deported to be followed by him. And as for paying it back, no chance!
they wont deport his family and he will end up staying as he has kids that were born here! Sigh!!!
[quote][p][bold]alroutemaster[/bold] wrote: Why was this not spotted earlier? And I hope his family have already been deported to be followed by him. And as for paying it back, no chance![/p][/quote]they wont deport his family and he will end up staying as he has kids that were born here! Sigh!!! edstar
  • Score: 6

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