Carer who falsified timesheet is hammered

24 December 2012 in Community safety
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 pensioner.

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 worked effectively.”