Two brothers who fleeced taxpayers out of £315,000 in a house-swapping scam involving their wives walked free after a judge said the 'greatest punishment' was the loss of their good names.
Mohammed Amin, 40, and his wife, Kauser Aktar, 38, switched homes with Aftab Ahmed, 39, and his wife Sobia Shaheen, 32, so the women could pretend to be tenants and claim housing benefits.
The Pakistani couples - who have 11 children between them - submitted bogus tenancy agreements for 16 years, raking in £314,452.25, Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London heard on Friday.
Sentencing, Judge Sanders said: 'Each of the men bought a house in your own names with the other living in it over a long period of time, from 1995 to 2011.
The two men dishonestly represented through their wives to the London Borough of Redbridge that this was a genuine rental arrangement, that you were unrelated to the landlord and that you were entitled to claim housing benefit in respect of the rent you were paying.
'You have both worked hard in terms of making a life for yourselves and in many ways the greatest punishment is the loss of your good name.
CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE TEST IF THIS JUDGE IS SENILE?