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The Fletcher Memorial:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/4286756.stm


Reality TV star Lizzie Bardsley has been found guilty of making false claims for benefits.
  Bardsley, 32, who appeared on Channel Four's Wife Swap, denied receiving almost £3,800 from media work while claiming £37,500 a year in benefits.

The mother-of-eight, who said the cash went to charity and family, was found guilty by Rochdale magistrates.
Bardsley, of Hurstead Road, Milnrow, Rochdale, is due to be sentenced later on Tuesday.
Magistrates said Bardsley should have been aware the extra money amounted to a change in circumstances and declared the benefits to the Department of Work and Pensions.

Pay back
The money was earned from a topless photo shoot in a newspaper, celebrity magazine interviews and money for appearing on Wife Swap.

She will now have to pay back the £4,879 benefits overpayment, which will be taken from her current benefits.
Vincent Carr, prosecuting, also asked for £2,500 court costs.

After the verdict David Chad, defending Bardsley, said she intended to appeal against the court's decision.
He said Bardsley continues to maintain she did not keep any of the cash for her own financial gain but gave it away.

Taxi telephonist

Bardsley had told the court she gave £800 to her sister, Jenny Hallisey.
She also said she had donated money to a cot death charity after losing a 13-week-old son, Timmy Jay, in 1997.

But the prosecution said the cash given away had effectively been subsidised from the public purse through her benefit.
Bardsley now works around four-and-a-half hours a week as a telephonist for a taxi firm in Rochdale.

She has now stopped claiming many of the benefits she was on but is still in receipt of working tax and child tax credit.
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Iím all out of expletives for this trollop and her ilk. A walking Chav factory and a prime case in point for implementing forced birth control, not to mention the reintroduction of capital punishment. 

Oh ok a bit harsh maybe but she does me bastid head in!!  :no

ttnbd:
£37,500 per year in benefits? Who cares if she has 8 kids get her bloody working

hooded claw:
Isn't the 37.5k between her husband and herself?
Thought she was a bit dim, appearing on tv while signing on...

Millsee:

--- Quote from: The Fletcher Memorial on September 27, 2005, 02:56:21 pm ---The money was earned from a topless photo shoot in a newspaper
--- End quote ---

A what now?

BIGdavalad:

--- Quote from: Millsee on September 27, 2005, 03:13:49 pm ---A what now?

--- End quote ---

Sunday Sport - I actually googled to see what they were like, no joy.

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