‘Fraud’ case dropped against school place mum

Author: By Rosamond Hutt, Press Association

Mrinal Patel, 41, applied for a place for her five-year-old son Rhys at Pinner
Park First School in Harrow, north London, in January last year.

She claimed she lived at Willow Court, Fulbeck Way, Harrow, and had chosen the
school because “it was close to home and she could walk”, Harrow
Magistrates’ Court heard.

But four months later when he had been offered a school place council staff
found the address she had used did not match their tax records.

It was alleged she was in fact living in Streatfield Road, Harrow – her
current address.

Mrs Patel told the BBC she was relieved and the council’s decision proved she
was innocent.

“It’s a great relief for me and my family. It’s been an extremely difficult
ordeal and I’m happy to put the matter behind me,” she said.

“I have from the outset denied the allegations and the council’s unconditional
withdrawal of the proceedings confirms my innocence.”

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