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Fraudster sent back to jail

Mohammed Wasi Sheikh Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A benefit and mortgage fraudster has been sent back to prison after failing to pay his Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Mohammed Wasi Sheikh, formerly of Northview Road in Luton, was sentenced to 15 months in prison in February 2010.

He had also been ordered to repay money to the state through a Confiscation Order, which he has failed to do. As a result he is now beginning a further 21months in prison.


Beauty queen pleads not guilty to fraud

Rachel Hatton, 28, pleads not guilty to fraud at Northampton Crown Court Credit: ITV Anglia

A former Miss Britain competitor has pleaded not guilty to claiming more than £22,000 in benefits as a single parent

Rachel Hatton, 28, of Foxfield Way, Grange Park, Northampton, denied two charges of fraud and two of false representation while allegedly living with her then-partner Nathaniel Simon.

The charges relate to her allegedly falsely claiming housing benefit, council tax, income support and legal aid.

The case was adjourned for trial and she is due at Northampton Crown Court later in the year.