A mother and daughter involved in a benefit fraud scam have both been jailed.

Dahiben and Nutan Patel claimed £40,000 of housing benefits they were not entitled to.

When questioned about her fraudulent activities, Dahiben Patel told investigators: “Well, everyone is doing it.”

Leicester Crown Court was told Dahiben Patel had thousands of pounds of savings in secret accounts and purchased a £9,300 holiday home in Gujarat, India. The 62-year-old, of Kashmir Road, St Matthew’s, Leicester, was jailed for nine months. She admitted 11 counts of benefit fraud in relation to housing and council tax benefit and income support, totalling £56,533.

Her daughter, Nutan Patel (42), of Thorndale Road, Thurmaston, was also involved in jointly dishonestly obtaining £39,970 of that amount. She admitted five counts of benefit fraud and was jailed for six months

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