Carer who falsified
timesheet is hammered
A carer who falsified his
timesheets, illegally claiming £840, has been ordered to undertake
200 hours of unpaid work.
Toumi Dekiouk, 48, of Dells Close, Chingford, pleaded
guilty to one count of fraud, one count of criminal attempt and one
count of having in his possession an article for use in a fraud at
Thames Magistrates' Court on December 17th. He was also ordered to
pay £500 legal costs.
Dekiouk has been employed as a carer by a pensioner, who received
financial assistance from Newham Council. The money Dekiouk
received was paid to him via a third party organisation, which he
submitted his timesheets to.
During the months of August, September and October 2011 Dekiouk
submitted timesheets which he claimed were for caring work for the
However, in October 2011 the man he was caring for had been
reported as a missing person. Early the following month (November)
Dekiouk was arrested.
Cllr Unmesh Desai, Newham Council's Executive Member for Crime and
Anti-Social Behaviour, said: "Let this be a warning to other
would-be fraudsters: we will get you.
"He was paid in good faith and he abused that trust.
"Newham Council has a zero-tolerance approach to fraud. It cannot -
and will not - be tolerated. We have rigorous systems in place to
detect this sort of practice.
"The council constantly reviews its procedures in line with its
best practice approach. This case shows that our robust procedures