A civil servant has been jailed for four and a half years after illegally using government computer systems to access the personal records of benefit claimants in a £1.2m in tax credit fraud.
John Brian Agdomar, from Hackey in East London, used his job as a civil servant at the Department for Work and Pensions to illegally access personal records, including dates of birth and national insurance details.
Agdomar, who is believed to have accessed more than 2,500 records illegally, worked with an accomplice to hijack existing claims for tax credits and divert the payments into a complex network of bank accounts. The pair fabricated more than 1,400 fictitious children to claim the money.
A spokesperson for HM Revenue & Customs said, "This was no victimless crime, but a calculated fraud involving a significant amount of money. HMRC will not hesitate to seek prosecution where we find instances of tax credit fraud."
Agomar was arrested in August under the Proceeds of Crime Act on suspiscion of charges including conspiracy to commit fraud and acquiring criminal property. He was jailed for four and half years on Friday after pleading guilty.
His accomplice, Olanekan Omatayo Ogunmekan, a cleaner from Bethnal Green, London, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud at Southwark Crown Court on 5 November last year. He was sentenced to 52 months in jail and is serving another 30-month sentence for failing to repay £162,652 by September 2009, as ordered by the court.