A BANKRUPT helped mastermind a £1.8 million fraud by running a Birmingham charity to house asylum seekers.

Astonbrook Housing Association was one of the country’s biggest providers of accommodation for migrants, receiving £15 million in one year alone from the Government.

But it was being run by individuals who siphoned off £1.8 million in funding – under the noses of the Home Office and Birmingham City Council.

Six people, all former Somali nationals, face lengthy jail terms when sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court today and tomorrow.

They include Mohammed Arwo, who was chief executive of the charity despite being an undischarged bankrupt – which prevented him from running a company or obtaining credit.

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