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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

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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.

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  • 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

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    Don

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

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