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LAMBETH LBC HAS EMPLOYEE DEPORTED

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After a joint investigation between the council and police, a former ...
After a joint investigation between the council and police, a former

employee of Lambeth LBC has been arrested and deported.

Cynthia Ocran was working in the council's education department. She had

previously been deported, but obtained a false national insurance number and

a forged passport with a leave to remain stamp. Using these documents Ms

Ocran gained a job with the council.

Suspicions were raised when Ms Ocran applied for a new national insurance

number in order to apply for child benefit. An investigation commenced on 2

March and she was arrested on 5 May, then deported to Ghana on 19 May.

Ms Ocran was also able to obtain a council tenancy and the council has now

taken immediate possession of the property. Normally, it can be a

complicated process to recover a tenancy - in this case, as the woman was

illegally in the UK she had no recourse to public funds.

Lambeth chief internal auditor Mohamed Khan said: 'Close working between

Lambeth police, immigration authorities and Lambeth's internal audit team

has led to this successful result. We have a zero-tolerance attitude towards

fraud and will do everything we can to protect Lambeth residents and

ratepayers.'

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