Somali asylum-seeker used fake ID for £91,000 benefit fraud – but WON’T be jailed or deported because her seven-year-old daughter was born here
– Ayan Ismail has two convictions for identity fraud in 2004 and 2009
– She was jailed for the second offence after obtaining false NI number
– Upon her release she continued to claim thousands in benefits
– Now, she has been found guilty seven year’s worth of benefit fraud
– She can’t be deported because her child’s custody case is pending
– Ismail told she won’t pay back money after getting suspended sentenced
A Somali asylum-seeker who has evaded deportation despite twice being convicted of ID fraud, has walked free from court again after pleading guilty to a £91,000 benefit scam.
A judge ruled that Ayan Ismail, 39, could not be immediately removed from the country because she has a seven-year-old daughter who was born here, even though she was in the UK illegally when she became pregnant.
Adding insult to the decision, crown court Judge David Tomlinson ruled that she would not repay any of the money she has fraudulently claimed, saying: ‘Awarding compensation is undesirable in a case like this.’
The mother-of-four’s litany of deception began when she entered the country in 1998 as a Canadian citizen by marriage.
Once in the UK, she applied for a national insurance number under a false identity and used it to claim housing benefit council tax benefit, income support, disability living allowance and employment and support allowance.
Under that false name she was convicted at Warwick Crown Court on September 30, 2004 of seeking to remain in the UK, by deception, and was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for twelve months.
Then, using another bogus name of Saediya Mohamed in October 2005 she then successfully applied for permanent leave to remain in the UK as an asylum seeker.
Still in the country, she continued to use a false identity in a bid to claim permanent asylum.