A gang of Romanian Roma from Tandarei was arrested in England after they took GBP 800,000 in benefits from the British state, according to tabloid ‘The Sun.’
The eight members of the ring used forged Home Office residency documents and fake job references to obtain National Insurance numbers, which they then used to claim tax credits, income support, child benefits and housing handouts. But most members of the group did not even live in the UK, but were flying there from Romania, they took the money after which they returned home to spend it. Tandarei thus became a town full of posh new houses and foreign luxury cars, from Porsche to BMW, ‘The Sun’ said.
The eight members were jailed earlier this week, including ringleader Telus Dumitru, 36, and Claudia Radu, 35. They were trapped in a joint operation between the Metropolitan Police and Romanian police.
Ringleader Dumitru – who was put under surveillance – was jailed for four years eight months after he admitted plotting to defraud. His 33-year-old wife Ramona, who lived with him in Nottingham, got two years after claiming she had six kids to illegally receive £81,000 in benefits, the newspaper said. Others admitted various counts of theft, fraud or laundering.