- Shukri Yusuf, 45, pretended to be a struggling single mother to claim benefits
- But tax investigators discovered she was actually married to London bus driver
- She bought new car after claiming £102,000 and put kids through private school
Pictured: Shukri Yusuf, 45, pretended to be a struggling single mother
A benefits cheat who posed as a single mother to claim £102,000 to put her daughters through private school was caught out after it emerged she was married to a London bus driver.
Shukri Yusuf, 45, pretended to be a struggling parent for six years to rake in tens of thousands in income support and housing benefits.
But officials became suspicious and launched an investigation where it was discovered she was actually married.
It came to light to mother was using the lucrative income to pay for her daughters' school fees, according to The Sun.
It was found Somali-born Yusuf was married to bus driver Omar Tarab after arriving in Britain in 1999.
She was claiming benefits while living in Southall, West London from June 2008 until April 2014 - using some of the money to buy a new car.
Yusuf was due to stand trial at Isleworth Crown Court but changed her plea at the last minute.
She admitted she failed to notify Ealing District Council that she was married and her circumstances had changed.
The Sun reports she was jailed for six months, suspended for two years and was ordered to complete 175 hours of community service.
The court heard how one of the daughters was now training to become a teacher while another was finishing her sixth form studies.
The Department for Work and Pensions told The Sun: 'Cases like this show how hard our investigators work.
We are seeking to recover the full amount of the overpayment and, if applicable, impose confiscation orders.