Sisters who flew dozens of Polish people into the UK to make bogus benefits claims worth £300,000 are jailed
- Monika, 29, and Edyta Gorska, 35, falsely claimed £300,000 of Universal Credit
- Court heard the sisters flew Polish people into the UK and set up fake accounts
- Monika has been jailed two and a half years, Edyta has been jailed two years
Two sisters who flew Polish people into the UK ‘harvesting’ £300,000 of falsely claimed Universal Credit have been jailed.
Monika, 29, and Edyta Gorska, 35, worked together to fly 49 compatriots into the country in just 14 months for the scam, the Sun reports.
They then set up bank accounts and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) accounts for the individuals using Fake IDs and got to work claiming benefits, a court heard.
The court heard how Monika had begun setting up bogus DWP accounts from August 2019 – but was able to speed up the scam when the coronavirus pandemic hit and caused many ID and document checks to go remote.
Monika (pictured), 29, and Edyta Gorska, 35, worked together to fly in 49 compatriots into the country in just 14 months for the scam
John McNally, prosecuting, told Inner London crown court: ‘This was organised, international-scale offending.
‘It had four necessary steps — arranging transit to the UK for the person, obtaining an account at banks, claims creation and management, then harvesting’, the Sun reports.
In just over a year the pair raked in £297,161 of taxpayers’ money.
The court heard how the sisters had also been part of a separate bank fraud operation in which they opened 12 bogus accounts with the help of a Barclays manager.
Edyta Gorska, 35 (pictured). In just over a year the pair raked in £297,161 of taxpayers’ money
Barclays ‘trusted employee’ Karolina Zmijewska, 40, skipped security checks at the bank, claiming she had been taken in by an emotional story from Edyta who allegedly said her mother was ill, the Sun reports.
The group reportedly stole a total of £250,000 from Zmijewska’s employer.
The crimes of the women were discovered after police detected false documents, the Gorska sisters were arrested whilst attempting to flee to Poland on October 6 2020.
Monika was jailed for two and a half years, whilst her sister Edyta has been jailed two.
Former bank manager Zmijewska was jailed 18 months, the Sun reports.
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