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Actress Donna Grant caught by Haringey Borough Council and Department for Work and Pensions
9:12am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A children’s television actress from Crouch End has been handed a suspended jail sentence for fraudulently claiming more than £30,000 in benefits.
Donna Grant failed to tell Haringey Borough Council or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of the income from her job.
The 37-year-old has previously appeared in CBBC’s Young Dracula and featured in a TENA incontinence pads advert.
Grant claimed £34,115 in housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support between July 2009 and July 2012 at her home in Primezone Mews.
Donna Grant in the TENA incontinence pads ‘Oops’ advert.
She did this despite working as a freelance actress and model for a range of organisations including the BBC and ITV.
The actress has since moved to Southampton, but a joint investigation by the council’s fraud team and DWP discovered her illegal claims.
At Tottenham Magistrates’ Court today Grant pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to notify authorities of a change in circumstances.
She was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and 80 hours of unpaid work.
The 37-year-old was also ordered to repay the illegally claimed money, as well as costs of £500.
Councillor Joe Goldberg, cabinet member for finance, said: “Benefit fraudsters should be aware that scamming taxpayers out of public money is one ‘oops moment’ we won’t forgive.
“Benefits are rightly there for those who need them most and we will always actively pursue people making fraudulent claims.”
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