A spiritual guru who stole £40,000 in benefits which he used to fund a private healthcare scheme has been jailed.
Parmjit Singh, from Wentworth Road, Southall, was sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of 18 counts of falsely claming benefits from Hounslow Council.
The 41-year-old, who told his followers he believed in the healing powers of alternative medicine, claimed housing benefit from November 1995 to November 2004.
He used the money to help fund a private healthcare scheme and gym membership.
********** benefit fraud has risen rapidly during the last 5 years. It is a crime, however not many people take it seriously, and think that it is more justified than stealing or robbing etc. however poeple should be made more aware of just how serious benefit fraud is. ********