Benefits cheat used £34,500 to get kidnapped mother released

Daily Echo: Soad Galol Soad Galol

A WOMAN has been spared an immediate prison sentence for a £34,500 benefit fraud after a judge heard how she had taken money to Somalia to secure the release of her kidnapped mother.

Recorder Michael Parroy QC was told how Soad Galol’s refugee family was scattered around the world and her elderly and infirm mother had attended their first reunion in Sweden in 20 years.

Galol had returned to the UK early but when her 87-year-old mother flew out afterwards, she was kidnapped and taken to Amsterdam and then flown to Somalia where the eldest of her nine sons lives.

Computer consultant Jeremy Heading, who has known Galol for 15 years, told Southampton Crown Court that under Somalian culture the mother had to live with the eldest child.

“It is his duty and it is a matter of shame if she is not there,” he explained. “It was totally against her mother’s wishes that she was taken there. She is there under duress and Soad has been doing her best to get her back.”

The court heard Golal had taken the cash to her brother in the hope he would let their mother leave, but she was still there.

Galol, 49, of Kenilworth Gardens, West End , admitted five charges of failing to notify the Department of Works & Pensions of a change of circumstance. The judge, who was also told all the money had been repaid, said he was satisfied “unreasonable pressure” had been placed on Galol and spared her an immediate prison sentence.

He gave her an eight-month suspended term and a 200-hour community work order.

Prosecutor Roderick Blain said that in June 2009 Galol was appointed to look after her mother’s affairs and initially her claim for council tax benefit, housing benefit and other allowances was legitimate, but the authorities later became aware her mother was no longer living with her.

They set up an investigation last September and discovered her mother had not been residing in the UK since December, 2009. That resulted in payments of just over £34,500, to which she was not entitled.

“Though it was not fraudulent from the outset, it was carried out over a significant period of time,” said Mr Blain, confirming the money had been repaid through Galol’s friends and supporters.

Urging the court to accept the probation service’s recommendation of a suspended sentence with a community order, Megan Topliss, defending, said Galol was clearly held in high regard by her family and other members of the community.

“It is quite apparent she is distressed at the situation she finds herself in. She had lived in Britain for 11 years and had worked as a carer and for social services. This is a woman who will not re-offend.”

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4:07pm Fri 3 Aug 12

CHARLIE TAYLOR says...

Typical Britain ! Try doing it if your local !!
Typical Britain ! Try doing it if your local !! CHARLIE TAYLOR

4:07pm Fri 3 Aug 12

sarfhamton says...

Its been paid back, i am not sure jail helps anyone in this case
Its been paid back, i am not sure jail helps anyone in this case sarfhamton

4:08pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Gainer T Gopher says...

SO the mother was "kidnapped" by her eldest son, who she still lives with.....
SO the mother was "kidnapped" by her eldest son, who she still lives with..... Gainer T Gopher

4:09pm Fri 3 Aug 12

sarfhamton says...

CHARLIE TAYLOR wrote:
Typical Britain ! Try doing it if your local !!
She have lived here 11 years so she is local, or do you mean if your white? Is so then say so Charlie.
[quote][p][bold]CHARLIE TAYLOR[/bold] wrote: Typical Britain ! Try doing it if your local !![/p][/quote]She have lived here 11 years so she is local, or do you mean if your white? Is so then say so Charlie. sarfhamton

4:10pm Fri 3 Aug 12

sarfhamton says...

Gainer T Gopher wrote:
SO the mother was "kidnapped" by her eldest son, who she still lives with.....
To be fair it does seem a bit far fetched
[quote][p][bold]Gainer T Gopher[/bold] wrote: SO the mother was "kidnapped" by her eldest son, who she still lives with.....[/p][/quote]To be fair it does seem a bit far fetched sarfhamton

4:18pm Fri 3 Aug 12

bigfella777 says...

Of course, this is all perfectly believable,nothing to see here,I do wonder what sort of property somebody lives in for a housing benefit claim of that sum in 2 years though.
By the way my poor family is scattered all across Southampton can I get away with something please.
Of course, this is all perfectly believable,nothing to see here,I do wonder what sort of property somebody lives in for a housing benefit claim of that sum in 2 years though. By the way my poor family is scattered all across Southampton can I get away with something please. bigfella777

4:20pm Fri 3 Aug 12

bigfella777 says...

I correct myself, the article says the mother was living with her so 17k a year is for what?
I correct myself, the article says the mother was living with her so 17k a year is for what? bigfella777

4:31pm Fri 3 Aug 12

business-guru says...

there is no "Kenilworth Road" in West End !?
there is no "Kenilworth Road" in West End !? business-guru

4:40pm Fri 3 Aug 12

CHARLIE TAYLOR says...

sarfhamton wrote:
CHARLIE TAYLOR wrote:
Typical Britain ! Try doing it if your local !!
She have lived here 11 years so she is local, or do you mean if your white? Is so then say so Charlie.
I"ve lived in Greece for 10 years never ever be local !! by being local, I mean british, and yes I"m white and proud, if that makes any difference to you. Are you trying to play the racist card ?
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHARLIE TAYLOR[/bold] wrote: Typical Britain ! Try doing it if your local !![/p][/quote]She have lived here 11 years so she is local, or do you mean if your white? Is so then say so Charlie.[/p][/quote]I"ve lived in Greece for 10 years never ever be local !! by being local, I mean british, and yes I"m white and proud, if that makes any difference to you. Are you trying to play the racist card ? CHARLIE TAYLOR

6:35pm Fri 3 Aug 12

TheJoiners says...

Best excuse ever, superb :-)
Best excuse ever, superb :-) TheJoiners

7:42pm Fri 3 Aug 12

localnews says...

av it now wrote:
I agree local is British, you cant change what you are cos you move. If your a scummer, your a scummer for life, you cant help it and have my sympathy.
And if your a skate you've nothing to look forward too,chin up muppet
[quote][p][bold]av it now[/bold] wrote: I agree local is British, you cant change what you are cos you move. If your a scummer, your a scummer for life, you cant help it and have my sympathy.[/p][/quote]And if your a skate you've nothing to look forward too,chin up muppet localnews

7:45pm Fri 3 Aug 12

sass says...

av it now wrote:
I agree local is British, you cant change what you are cos you move. If your a scummer, your a scummer for life, you cant help it and have my sympathy.
There is no such nationality as British. You will never hear a Scot say he is British, why should an Englishman?
[quote][p][bold]av it now[/bold] wrote: I agree local is British, you cant change what you are cos you move. If your a scummer, your a scummer for life, you cant help it and have my sympathy.[/p][/quote]There is no such nationality as British. You will never hear a Scot say he is British, why should an Englishman? sass

8:21pm Fri 3 Aug 12

richard55 says...

kick the parasite out.
kick the parasite out. richard55

8:21pm Fri 3 Aug 12

richard55 says...

kick the parasite out.
kick the parasite out. richard55

8:40pm Fri 3 Aug 12

thinklikealocal says...

Now, if she is a refuge who fled Somalia in fear of her life? 1. How dare she proceed to RIPP OFF the country that was generous enough to give her sanctuary. 2. How come she's safe enough to go back there. 3. Why is she not now being deported, having abused this country. 4. If she was not an asylum seemer, what the hell is she doing in the first place!
Now, if she is a refuge who fled Somalia in fear of her life? 1. How dare she proceed to RIPP OFF the country that was generous enough to give her sanctuary. 2. How come she's safe enough to go back there. 3. Why is she not now being deported, having abused this country. 4. If she was not an asylum seemer, what the hell is she doing in the first place! thinklikealocal

8:41pm Fri 3 Aug 12

andysaints007 says...

business-guru wrote:
there is no "Kenilworth Road" in West End !?
That's because they said Kenilworth Gardens u donut !! If you got nothing better to do than slag the Echo off - make sure your facts are correct first numbnuts!!
[quote][p][bold]business-guru[/bold] wrote: there is no "Kenilworth Road" in West End !?[/p][/quote]That's because they said Kenilworth Gardens u donut !! If you got nothing better to do than slag the Echo off - make sure your facts are correct first numbnuts!! andysaints007

8:43pm Fri 3 Aug 12

thinklikealocal says...

Now, if she is a refuge who fled Somalia in fear of her life? 1. How dare she proceed to RIPP OFF the country that was generous enough to give her sanctuary. 2. How come she's safe enough to go back there. 3. Why is she not now being deported, having abused this country. 4. If she was not an asylum seemer, what the hell is she doing here in the first place!
Now, if she is a refuge who fled Somalia in fear of her life? 1. How dare she proceed to RIPP OFF the country that was generous enough to give her sanctuary. 2. How come she's safe enough to go back there. 3. Why is she not now being deported, having abused this country. 4. If she was not an asylum seemer, what the hell is she doing here in the first place! thinklikealocal

9:01pm Fri 3 Aug 12

av it now says...

localnews wrote:
av it now wrote:
I agree local is British, you cant change what you are cos you move. If your a scummer, your a scummer for life, you cant help it and have my sympathy.
And if your a skate you've nothing to look forward too,chin up muppet
lol amazing a scummer with a sense of humour. As for the fool who states there is no such nationality as British what do you have on your passport "or maybe you aint got one" and as for the Scotsman statement that all depends on weather they're winning or not,
[quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]av it now[/bold] wrote: I agree local is British, you cant change what you are cos you move. If your a scummer, your a scummer for life, you cant help it and have my sympathy.[/p][/quote]And if your a skate you've nothing to look forward too,chin up muppet[/p][/quote]lol amazing a scummer with a sense of humour. As for the fool who states there is no such nationality as British what do you have on your passport "or maybe you aint got one" and as for the Scotsman statement that all depends on weather they're winning or not, av it now

9:15pm Fri 3 Aug 12

loosehead says...

As I've said before the International agreement is a person who's persecuted or threatened with death in their own country must be allowed Asylum or refuge in the nearest safe country.
This Ladies from Somalia so how the hell is the UK the closest safe country?
As the above article has proven we're the nearest MUGS.
She some how gets here( must have cost a bit) she has a reunion in Sweden ? is this whilst on Social?
Her mother goes to live with her brother & is still doing so.
Yet she steals our money to free her mother? how did she free her if she's still living with her son?
This person should be shown the door & told to find another group of MUGS to fleece.
Maybe she should try Australia & end up in a detention camp where she belongs.
Don't call me racist as my wife's Thai & even she can't believe we let people like this get away with it
As I've said before the International agreement is a person who's persecuted or threatened with death in their own country must be allowed Asylum or refuge in the nearest safe country. This Ladies from Somalia so how the hell is the UK the closest safe country? As the above article has proven we're the nearest MUGS. She some how gets here( must have cost a bit) she has a reunion in Sweden ? is this whilst on Social? Her mother goes to live with her brother & is still doing so. Yet she steals our money to free her mother? how did she free her if she's still living with her son? This person should be shown the door & told to find another group of MUGS to fleece. Maybe she should try Australia & end up in a detention camp where she belongs. Don't call me racist as my wife's Thai & even she can't believe we let people like this get away with it loosehead

9:44pm Fri 3 Aug 12

windyboy says...

andysaints007 wrote:
business-guru wrote:
there is no "Kenilworth Road" in West End !?
That's because they said Kenilworth Gardens u donut !! If you got nothing better to do than slag the Echo off - make sure your facts are correct first numbnuts!!
Business-dumbo seems more fitting....
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]business-guru[/bold] wrote: there is no "Kenilworth Road" in West End !?[/p][/quote]That's because they said Kenilworth Gardens u donut !! If you got nothing better to do than slag the Echo off - make sure your facts are correct first numbnuts!![/p][/quote]Business-dumbo seems more fitting.... windyboy

10:06pm Fri 3 Aug 12

999medic says...

The bit I'm confused about is how she was 1) kidnapped and 2) with who she was held captive by. The way I read it she and correct me if I'm wrong, she was taken to Amsterdam then onto Somalia, so she didn't think to raise alarm on what is effectively and international flight, she then lived with her son whilst an sibling falsely claimed cash and them delivered it to her brother. Win win I say. Ps can we have then name of the judge some can recommend him for mug of the year.
The bit I'm confused about is how she was 1) kidnapped and 2) with who she was held captive by. The way I read it she and correct me if I'm wrong, she was taken to Amsterdam then onto Somalia, so she didn't think to raise alarm on what is effectively and international flight, she then lived with her son whilst an sibling falsely claimed cash and them delivered it to her brother. Win win I say. Ps can we have then name of the judge some can recommend him for mug of the year. 999medic

10:09pm Fri 3 Aug 12

bazzeroz says...

Beggars belief this country!
Beggars belief this country! bazzeroz

10:13pm Fri 3 Aug 12

bazzeroz says...

999medic wrote:
The bit I'm confused about is how she was 1) kidnapped and 2) with who she was held captive by. The way I read it she and correct me if I'm wrong, she was taken to Amsterdam then onto Somalia, so she didn't think to raise alarm on what is effectively and international flight, she then lived with her son whilst an sibling falsely claimed cash and them delivered it to her brother. Win win I say. Ps can we have then name of the judge some can recommend him for mug of the year.
Quote: Ps can we have then name of the judge some can recommend him for mug of the year............
It doesn't mention the judge in case he/she's kidnapped and the British taxpayer has to bail him/her out. As if we would!
[quote][p][bold]999medic[/bold] wrote: The bit I'm confused about is how she was 1) kidnapped and 2) with who she was held captive by. The way I read it she and correct me if I'm wrong, she was taken to Amsterdam then onto Somalia, so she didn't think to raise alarm on what is effectively and international flight, she then lived with her son whilst an sibling falsely claimed cash and them delivered it to her brother. Win win I say. Ps can we have then name of the judge some can recommend him for mug of the year.[/p][/quote]Quote: Ps can we have then name of the judge some can recommend him for mug of the year............ It doesn't mention the judge in case he/she's kidnapped and the British taxpayer has to bail him/her out. As if we would! bazzeroz

6:11am Sat 4 Aug 12

CHARLIE TAYLOR says...

sass wrote:
av it now wrote:
I agree local is British, you cant change what you are cos you move. If your a scummer, your a scummer for life, you cant help it and have my sympathy.
There is no such nationality as British. You will never hear a Scot say he is British, why should an Englishman?
It"s what my passport says!!
[quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]av it now[/bold] wrote: I agree local is British, you cant change what you are cos you move. If your a scummer, your a scummer for life, you cant help it and have my sympathy.[/p][/quote]There is no such nationality as British. You will never hear a Scot say he is British, why should an Englishman?[/p][/quote]It"s what my passport says!! CHARLIE TAYLOR

6:55am Sat 4 Aug 12

loosehead says...

CHARLIE TAYLOR wrote:
sass wrote:
av it now wrote:
I agree local is British, you cant change what you are cos you move. If your a scummer, your a scummer for life, you cant help it and have my sympathy.
There is no such nationality as British. You will never hear a Scot say he is British, why should an Englishman?
It"s what my passport says!!
So Chris Hoy doesn't race for team GB?
[quote][p][bold]CHARLIE TAYLOR[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]av it now[/bold] wrote: I agree local is British, you cant change what you are cos you move. If your a scummer, your a scummer for life, you cant help it and have my sympathy.[/p][/quote]There is no such nationality as British. You will never hear a Scot say he is British, why should an Englishman?[/p][/quote]It"s what my passport says!![/p][/quote]So Chris Hoy doesn't race for team GB? loosehead

8:25am Sat 4 Aug 12

snapperdownunder says...

thinklikealocal wrote:
Now, if she is a refuge who fled Somalia in fear of her life? 1. How dare she proceed to RIPP OFF the country that was generous enough to give her sanctuary. 2. How come she's safe enough to go back there. 3. Why is she not now being deported, having abused this country. 4. If she was not an asylum seemer, what the hell is she doing in the first place!
Nail on head.
[quote][p][bold]thinklikealocal[/bold] wrote: Now, if she is a refuge who fled Somalia in fear of her life? 1. How dare she proceed to RIPP OFF the country that was generous enough to give her sanctuary. 2. How come she's safe enough to go back there. 3. Why is she not now being deported, having abused this country. 4. If she was not an asylum seemer, what the hell is she doing in the first place![/p][/quote]Nail on head. snapperdownunder

8:42am Sat 4 Aug 12

SinnerSaint says...

Would anyone else who has been on benefits be able to raise a swift 35k to keep themselves out of jail? None of it adds up - she should be jailed then deported.
Would anyone else who has been on benefits be able to raise a swift 35k to keep themselves out of jail? None of it adds up - she should be jailed then deported. SinnerSaint

6:17pm Sat 4 Aug 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

I thought the DPW site said council tax was paid directly to the local council and that housing benefit directly to the landlord, not to the person making the claim, obviously I misread somewhere.
I thought the DPW site said council tax was paid directly to the local council and that housing benefit directly to the landlord, not to the person making the claim, obviously I misread somewhere. Ginger_cyclist

6:41pm Sat 4 Aug 12

loosehead says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
I thought the DPW site said council tax was paid directly to the local council and that housing benefit directly to the landlord, not to the person making the claim, obviously I misread somewhere.
I think she was the landlord & her mother would be the tenant?
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: I thought the DPW site said council tax was paid directly to the local council and that housing benefit directly to the landlord, not to the person making the claim, obviously I misread somewhere.[/p][/quote]I think she was the landlord & her mother would be the tenant? loosehead

10:56pm Sat 4 Aug 12

sass says...

av it now wrote:
localnews wrote:
av it now wrote: I agree local is British, you cant change what you are cos you move. If your a scummer, your a scummer for life, you cant help it and have my sympathy.
And if your a skate you've nothing to look forward too,chin up muppet
lol amazing a scummer with a sense of humour. As for the fool who states there is no such nationality as British what do you have on your passport "or maybe you aint got one" and as for the Scotsman statement that all depends on weather they're winning or not,
Weather? What do climatic conditions have to do with it?
[quote][p][bold]av it now[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]av it now[/bold] wrote: I agree local is British, you cant change what you are cos you move. If your a scummer, your a scummer for life, you cant help it and have my sympathy.[/p][/quote]And if your a skate you've nothing to look forward too,chin up muppet[/p][/quote]lol amazing a scummer with a sense of humour. As for the fool who states there is no such nationality as British what do you have on your passport "or maybe you aint got one" and as for the Scotsman statement that all depends on weather they're winning or not,[/p][/quote]Weather? What do climatic conditions have to do with it? sass

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