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    Female campaigner for gipsy rights 'ran 2.6m benefit scam for Romanians'

    A campaigner for Roma gipsies' rights has been charged with helping scores of Romanians illegally claim millions in benefits.

    Lavinia Olmazu, 30, and her boyfriend Alin Enachi, 29, are said to have masterminded a scam by which 172 Romanians claimed 2.6million.

    Olmazu, who was arrested last week, was working as an 'inclusivity outreach worker' to Roma gipsies for both Haringey and Waltham Forest councils in North London.



    The academic, who has campaigned for greater understanding of gipsy culture, is accused with Enachi of using a supposedly charitable organisation called Roma Concern to help coordinate the fraud.

    The couple appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday alongside six gipsies, each of whom is alleged to have pocketed thousands of pounds from the scam.



    Under rules introduced when Romania joined the EU in 2006, Romanian migrants cannot get a National Insurance number - which is the key to getting benefits - unless they can prove they have paid employment lined up.


    Olmazu and her boyfriend are accused of giving unemployed Romanians false documentation which purported to offer them work. They are also said to have provided false invoices and references purportedly showing they were working.

    Scores then used fraudulently obtained NI numbers to claim child benefit, working tax credit and child tax credit, the court heard.

    The fraud was allegedly facilitated by Enachi, who attended Benefits Agency interviews with Romanians as a translator.

    Prosecutor Matthew McCabe revealed that over a 17-month period to last July, Enachi attended 356 interviews, mainly at the Jobcentre Plus office in Tooting, South London. And 172 of these individuals went on to claim benefit.

    Mr McCabe said Olmazu 'saw Roma gipsies to advise them in how to apply for a National Insurance number and benefit'.

    While the couple, who moved to Britain in 2007 and live in Woodford Green, Essex, were said to be living here legally, they appeared in court with six jobless Roma gipsies whom District Judge Nicholas Evans said had 'no right to be here'.

    Stelian Dumitru, 23, and his brothers Ardelean, 24, Daniel, 20, and Cristian, 29, appeared alongside Stelian's girlfriend Leventica Vasile, 24, and Cristian's girlfriend Paula Mihai, 29. They all live in council properties in Tottenham, North London.

    Stelian and Vasile - who is a beggar - were said to have obtained 27,000 from the scam. Cristian, a Big Issue vendor, and his girlfriend - who have six children between the ages of nine months and 11 - allegedly obtained 36,000. Daniel, a father of two, is said to have obtained 12,515. Mr McCabe said:

    'This case concerns an organised campaign to obtain benefit. 'The two main defendants, under the umbrella of a supposed charitable organisation called Roma Concern, facilitated the obtaining of National Insurance numbers.
    'The offences came to light as a result of an internal Department of Work and Pensions investigation into an unusually high number of applications involving Roma applicants.'

    Olmazu, who has a ten-year-old son, has dedicated her life to studying Roma gipsies and has addressed the UN on their rights.

    The defendants are all charged with conspiracy to defraud and fraud by misrepresentation.

    They were all remanded in custody and will appear at Southwark Crown Court, in South London, on May 6.

    The Charity Commission has no record of Roma Concern, but Olmazu and Enachi are listed at Companies House as directors of a company with the same name.


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1256175/Campaigner-gipsy-rights-ran-2-6m-benefit-scam.html#ixzz0hYbWbXPq


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    ^And what, precisely, did they expect from a gypsy? Duh.

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    ^Clothes pegs?

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    I once found a "gypsy" receipe book. The first page was entitled 'How to make scrambled eggs'.

    (1) Firstly go out and steal 2 eggs

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    I like it here.

    I'm allowed under thai law to say gypsies and pikies are thieving sods and i don't trust muslims in there own countries so I certainly don't want them, the Roma's and African 'asylum seekers' (ha , bloody , ha ha !) , in the UK.


    I'd potentially get 2 years in the monkey house over there for saying it!

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    That is i think the tip of the iceberg not just foreigners doing , it home grown Brits as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanks View Post
    I like it here.

    I'm allowed under thai law to say gypsies and pikies are thieving sods and i don't trust muslims in there own countries so I certainly don't want them, the Roma's and African 'asylum seekers' (ha , bloody , ha ha !) , in the UK.


    I'd potentially get 2 years in the monkey house over there for saying it!
    Not true .

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    I notice the banner says "End Rasism", whats that all about then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    I notice the banner says "End Rasism", whats that all about then?
    It concerns dyslexic Gypsy's who can't spell. You can't discriminate against those either.

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    DD, can I choose another nick? Damned gipsies!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gipsy
    DD, can I choose another nick? Damned gipsies!
    Not unless you get our kit off and show it to me in an Email, or the likes.

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    Why do gypsies walk funny?

    Because they`ve got crystal balls!

    No seriously though you would have thought that proper checks would have been done before issuing these people with National Insurance numbers...it just beggars belief how inefficient some of our civil servants are.

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    Pikey scumbags

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