Thursday, 25 May 2017

Benefit cheat caught modelling on adult website

A glamour model who falsely claimed £62,747 of benefits while receiving money to pose for adult websites has been jailed for 10 months.

Clare Evans, 32, of Pill in Gloucestershire, illegally claimed £33,548.78 in housing benefit between 27 December 2004 and 17 January 2010.

She also claimed £4,378.72 council tax benefit for the same period and £24,819.84 for income support/jobseekers allowance between 22 December 2004 and 11 January 2010.

Ms Evans was caught after a visiting officer from South Gloucestershire Council spotted a new Audi TT car outside her home and an investigation was launched in October 2009.

It transpired that the car was registered to Ms Evans and further investigation discovered she was displaying herself on the internet under the name ‘Clare Lou’ and had hundreds of pounds of royalties paid direct into her bank account.

Ms Evans pleaded guilty to ten charges under the Social Security Administration Act 1992 at a hearing in June at North Avon Magistrates Court.

The charges included not reporting a change in circumstances and dishonestly making a false representation. Anyone in receipt of benefits who does not inform the council of a change of circumstances, such as income, risks a fraud prosecution or loss of benefits.

She was jailed for 10 months at Bristol Crown Court today (Wednesday).

Steve Downton, senior fraud officer for South Gloucestershire Council, said: ‘Benefits are provided to help the most vulnerable in society, and anyone abusing that system risks a hefty fine or a prison sentence, as in this case.

‘We acted on information received, including some supplied by a council official that an upmarket vehicle was regularly seen at Evans’ address. We then contacted DWP and gathered evidence resulting in this court case.

‘The clear message to fraudsters is that we will find them out, we do talk to other agencies such as the DWP [Department for Work and Pensions] and police, and we will prosecute.’

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