employee of Lambeth LBC has been arrested and deported.
Cynthia Ocran was working in the council's education department. She had
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