Vacation photos on Facebook expose benefits cheat
A scrounging mum who scammed £37,000 in benefits got her just deserts — after posting snaps from an exotic holiday to Egypt on Facebook.
Cheating Andrea Raftis, 24, claimed to be a single mum living alone with her two children, aged three and four.
In reality she shared a home with her husband Fawad Rahimi — who owns a takeaway pizza business and two rental properties in posh Sutton, South London.
Raftis — the latest case highlighted in The Sun’s Beat the Cheat campaign - was collared after investigators found holiday snaps on her Facebook page.
They included photos of her on horseback in front of the pyramids, posing with the Sphinx and riding a quad bike.
Raftis pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to two charges of fraud, dating back to 2007.
She was sentenced to eight months, suspended for two years, and 200 hours community service.
Raftis, of New Malden, Surrey, will be forced to pay the cash back and faces losing a property.
Councillor John Drage said: “Seeing photos of flash holidays at the expense of residents makes it even harder to stomach.” - www.thesun.co.uk