Lady Njaimeh Jawara has been spared jail by a magistrate’s court in England after being found guilty of swindling an estimated £20,000 out of British tax payers.
The former first lady, who has been on state handouts for several years, was claiming benefits while outside the UK.
According to a British newspaper, she was overpaid £9,255 in pension credit, £8,848 in housing benefit, £1,192 in council benefit and £484 in council tax support.
Lady Njaimeh pleaded guilty to seven counts of failing to inform Mid Sussex District Council about changes in her circumstances.
The court, last week, sentenced her to be electronically tagged for 20 weeks prohibiting her from leaving her house between 7PM – 7AM during that period.
Sir Dawda’s second wife was also ordered to pay £4,286 in addition to the money she fraudulently claimed.
There are speculations that she was reported by a Gambian acquaintance. The 65-year-old is an outgoing person who loves interacting with Gambians living in England.
Some members of the Jawara family are insisting that she never claimed anything dishonestly but made a simple mistake.
Lady Njaimeh got married to the former president when she was 23 years old. She was one of the respected young women in the civil service. After the 1994 military coup, the couple moved to England to start a new life.
In late 2001, President Jammeh granted them amnesty and Sir Dawda returned home leaving Lady Njaimeh behind.
She regularly visits the country. In May 2010, the former first lady allegedly used part of her benefit money to support the Gambia Golf Association.