Benefit cheat Hatfield cabbies have licences revoked - but they’re still driving taxis

PUBLISHED: 06:00 24 February 2014

Shameem and Fateha Chowdhury leaving court, hiding their faces, after being given a suspended sentence for benefit fraud

Shameem and Fateha Chowdhury leaving court, hiding their faces, after being given a suspended sentence for benefit fraud

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Conning cabbies who fleeced the taxpayer out of nearly £50,000 have had their Hackney Carriage licences revoked – but are still driving taxis.

Shameem and Fateha Chowdhury leaving court after being given a suspended sentence for benefit fraudShameem and Fateha Chowdhury leaving court after being given a suspended sentence for benefit fraud

Shameem and Fateha Chowdhury, of Tiger Moth Way, Hatfield, were spared jail last month despite helping themselves to £33,116 in income support, £12,265 in housing benefit and £3,609 council tax benefit, a staggering total of £48,990.

The husband and wife, 46 and 38 respectively, were driving cabs at the time they were claiming benefits.

This week a council spokesman revealed their Hackney Carriage licences had been taken off 
them.

But the shameless pair appealed the revocation and under the rules can continue driving cabs.

A Welwyn Hatfield Council spokesman told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We’ve revoked their licenses due to their conviction.

“They appealed this decision at the magistrates court and there will be a hearing on the May 27 to determine their appeal.”

He added: “They are currently working pending that hearing.”


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