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Czech benefits fraud gang sentenced over £1m scam

The ringleader of a family gang which claimed more than £1m in an elaborate "benefit tourism" scam has been jailed.

Julius Ziga, 34, from Nottingham, arranged for people from EU states to come to the UK on the promise of a job.

Working with his former partner Magdalena Ferkova, they would help them get national insurance numbers, open a bank account and then claim benefits.

Ferkova was not sentenced as she has fled the country, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

Ziga was jailed for four years. He must serve half his sentence and will then be deported.