A BRITISH citizen who posed as a struggling asylum seeker so he could claim more than £10,000 in crisis loans has been jailed.

Persistent benefits cheat Mohammed Hassan, 36, drew the repayable funds saying he was an asylum seeker struggling with gas and electricity bills.

In fact, former bus driver Hassan was using the money to support his family in the UK and back in Somalia.

Bristol Crown Court heard that Hassan worked with five other men to get crisis loans from the Department of Work and Pensions, without intending to pay them back.

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