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Glamour model in bogus benefit fine

A glamour model who pleaded guilty to illegally claiming more than £7,000 in benefits while presenting raunchy television channels has been fined.

Mother-of-two Dionne Stenner, 29, raked in thousands of pounds working under the stage name Morgan James while fronting X-rated programmes.

At the same time she was claiming housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support without telling authorities about her earned income.

She admitted failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions and Brighton and Hove City Council about the change in her financial circumstances.

Brighton and Hove Magistrates' Court heard she received up to £350 for each night presenting and earned £18,000 working between 9pm and 5.30am between March and October last year.

Prosecutor Jessica Clarke said she illegally claimed a total of £7,782 in housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support.

Her crimes came to light after she was shopped by her former boyfriend, the court heard. Wearing a patterned jumper and black leggings, Stenner sat in the dock as the evidence was read out.

Miss Clarke said: "Miss Stenner was interviewed and she fully accepted that she hadn't declared while she was working. She said she knew it was wrong but needed every penny to pay off debts."

Magistrates ordered blonde Stenner, of The Drive, Hove, East Sussex, to pay costs and fines totalling £1,315.

Outside court, the model said she was "mortified" by her actions but had not tried to hide her crimes and intended to pay back what was owed.


From Belfast Telegraph