Man jailed for £10k Covid grant scam released after six weeks | UK | News

 Man jailed for £10k Covid grant scam released after six weeks | UK | News

Izzldenein Yousif claimed £10,000 earmarked for businesses struggling during the pandemic (Image: GETTY/Liverpool Echo)

Izzldenein Yousif, 65, convinced Liverpool City Council he was entitled to claim support for his car wash business in Fairfield. However, he failed to mention Izzy Bizzy Hand Car Wash had stopped trading three years earlier and that he had vacated the premises in 2019. When the council confronted him over his deception, Yousif falsely claimed he had spent the cash – before using it to buy a taxi.

Speaking in July, Judge Anil Murray said Yousif’s claims had “an impact on society”, with a “deterrent sentence” inevitable – before jailing him for six months.

However, he appealed and his lawyer, Callum Ross, this week persuaded judges sitting at the Court of Appeal to release him.

Liverpool Crown Court had previously been told the Government had awarded the Liverpool region just under £108m earmarked for small…

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