So one of the now defunct TM leaders has been boasting for weeks that he will be attending the civil trial in Utah on the 1st of November. We have also been having a side bet here in the office that Sunil will come up with an excuse why he wont be going to Utah.
And I guess we’ve just found out that we were right all the time!
He does have a couple of points though:
- It is a civil case
- Sunil is not a named party in the civil case, so he would have no bearing on the outcome of the case, nor would he have been called as a witness. He was only an affiliate if we believe everything Charles Scoville has to say about TM not being a investment scheme.
- Despite Sunil using terminology such as “our lawyers”, our business etc, he was only an affiliate – unless he’d like Charles to put his name on the business as well so the SEC can sue him as well.
- He’s right he wont be able to go to the court room – it’s difficult getting a visa/visa waiver entry into the USA when you have a criminal conviction – ooops, did I say criminal conviction?
Yes, it’s true. There are many allegations going around that Sunil Patel, of London, is in fact Sunil Patel, convicted slumlord and benefits cheat of London.
From local newspapers at the time:
Benefits Cheat Gets Prison For Years Of Fraud
Owned properties yet claimed a five-figure sum from two Councils
A man has been sent to prison for 15 months for falsely claiming benefits worth more than £33,000. At one stage he claimed benefits from Ealing Council while living in a property in Whellock Road, Chiswick. And he owned several properties in west London while he continued to claim benefits.
Sunil Patel applied for housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support for renting an apartment in Wallis House, Brentford, for a year from October 2008. In fact he had bought this property for £305,000 in July 2008, and owned seven other properties in west London.
He claimed the landlord, Mr Serjit Singh, lived in a property in Burlington Road which he owned himself, charged him £1,300 per month. Mr Singh has never been found.
In January 2010 he made a new claim to Ealing Council for housing benefit, local housing allowance and council tax benefit whilst living at a property in Whellock Road, Chiswick.
Unknown to Mr Patel, Hounslow Council were already investigating his claims following an anonymous tip off in September 2009 that he was claiming housing benefits for the Wallis House apartment.
The council’s fraud team worked with colleagues at the Department for Work and Pensions to investigate Mr Patel, which led to this week’s successful prosecution.
Cllr Ed Mayne, cabinet member for community safety and regulatory services at the council, said: “Mr Patel committed multiple acts of fraud over a long period of time in the full knowledge that he was committing a crime.
“Fraud of any sort is unacceptable, and we will not hesitate to use all means at our disposal to crack down on it, and get the money back.
“The seriousness of the sentence sends a strong and clear message that if you commit benefit fraud in the borough, you will be caught and you will be punished.”
Patel illegally claimed £4,287.39 in housing benefit from Hounslow Council, as well as £25,094.19 from Ealing Council and £4,305.56 from the DWP.
He pleaded guilty to two charges against him at Kingston Crown Court, and on 29 July was sentenced to 15 months immediate custody on each count to run concurrently. He has re-paid all of the overpayments.
Not so squeeky clean is he then? Once a scammer, always a scammer.
Shirley Scoville then comments on his post with the following information:
Caught out lying again Sunil C. Patel!