Largest ever fraud on the DWP sentenced

Five people were sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court for their parts in a £54 million pound fraud on the benefits system that took place over a number of years. The Bulgarian gang generated thousands of false claims in what was described as dishonesty on an industrial scale.

Alisdair Williamson KC and Robert Morris represented Stoyan Stoyanov, who played a significant role in the organisation. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment. Simon Farrell KC and Ruby Shrimpton represented Galina Nikolova who was described as the ringleader. She was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.

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3rd June 2024

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