LONDON: Wealthy Pakistani asylum seekers with £250,000 in savings who claimed asylum in Britain before taking £40,000-a-year in benefits have been jailed six months apart to prevent their children going into care. Syed Zaidi, 41, and wife Rizwana Kamal, 40, claimed they were being persecuted in their Pakistan homeland. They pocketed handouts worth £40,000 a year, bought two cars and moved into a large Victorian house. Officials launched a probe after a tip-off. They discovered the couple, from Denton, near Manchester, had more than £250,000 hidden in seven bank accounts. The couple – both university graduates – were each jailed for 10 months at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court after admitting benefit fraud. Judge ordered them to serve their sentences six months apart to prevent their three children having to be taken into care.
In a above story “Wealthy Pakistani Couple Jailed in UK for Fraud”, TheAsianPost, (April last week) picture of Rizwana Kamal of West Bengal, India, supplied to us by a news and pictures agency, were mistakenly used in The AsianPost UK Online instead of the jailed woman of the same name. We apologise to Miss Kamal and have removed her photograph from the online story.