Search

Right to Buy fraudster from Highbury Park Estate is jailed for 18 months

PUBLISHED: 17:11 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:11 12 April 2017

Park View. Picture: Google Maps

Park View. Picture: Google Maps

Archant

A conman who tried to buy a council flat under the Right to Buy scheme was jailed after officers discovered he was illegally subletting it.

Babak Karimaghaei, 37, claimed to be living in a bedsit in Park View on the Highbury Park Estate when he applied to buy it.

But Islington Council’s housing investigations team discovered he was living somewhere else, and he was prosecuted before he could get a £103,000 discount.

On Friday, March 31 at Blackfriars Crown Court, Karimaghaei was convicted of fraud by false representation, and jailed for 18 months.

Sentencing him, judge Richardson said: “Immediate custody is required to punish a cynical abuse of a right intended for people who were really living in the house which they were applying to buy.”

Town hall housing boss Cllr Diarmaid Ward said Right-to-Buy fraud took housing away from the people who badly needed it and profited fraudsters like Karimaghaei.

“We will investigate all suspected right-to-buy fraud, take legal action where there is evidence, and pursue the strongest penalties against offenders,” he said.

Anyone who suspects housing fraud can call the council on 020 7527 7432 or email housing.fraud@islington.gov.uk.

1 comment

  • This goes on all the time, £103,000 discount to someone who has no interest or respect for this country. No wonder there is a housing crisis

    Report this comment

    Don

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 18:47

A prolific moped criminal found himself back in court – for keeping an exotic monkey in his bedroom.

Yesterday, 18:33

A serial burglar has been jailed for breaking into homes and attacking a man with a chair.

Yesterday, 16:45

A “Tinder-style” app designed to connect working professionals with young people has been backed by Jeremy Corbyn.

Yesterday, 16:06

Futuristic phone boxes offering ultrafast internet, charging pods and free calls could be on their way to Islington’s streets.

Yesterday, 15:46

A brave neighbour fought to save the life of a dying man after being woken by his cries for help.

Yesterday, 10:03

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was fatally stabbed on the Dover Court Estate yesterday morning.

Yesterday, 08:55

Firefighters rescued a man from a fire at a chicken shop in Holloway Road yesterday afternoon.

Mon, 18:11

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing on the Dover Court Estate left a man fighting for his life.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now