Beshenivsky friend claimed benefits while working as an escort

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An escort girl who advertises her services under the alias ‘Lady Carla’ on a website full of topless pictures showing off her 36GG assets claimed over £10,000 pounds worth of benefits while offering her saucy services.

Ex-LANDLADY Sally Barandiaran, 43, the best friend of murdered PC Sharon Beshenivsky, offered herself online promising a “very special experience” - complete with salacious snaps of herself clad in a variety of lacy lingerie.

She charged punters £50 for a 15-minute ‘quickie’, £130 for an hour of her time or £450 for over four hours, and describes herself as ‘bisexual’.

But Barandiaran, of Scarborough, has now narrowly avoided jail after claiming thousands of pounds of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit while working as an escort.

Prosecuting at Scarborough Magistrates Court on Monday, David Kitson said she had failed to declare her income as a self-employed person three times between July 2008 and August 2009, and also did not tell the council about three personal bank accounts.

She wrongfully claimed 6,150 pounds in Jobseeker’s Allowance, 3,500 pounds in Housing Benefit and 720 pounds in council tax benefit between January 2008 and June last year.

He told the court: “An allegation was received that the defendant was receiving income as a self-employed person and evidence pointed towards that allegation being true.

She was interviewed on June 1 last year and admitted she was receiving an income and had received benets to which she was not entitled. It was found that she had been overpaid by 10,343 pounds.”Defending, Nick Tubbs said she was remorseful and had started repaying the council at the rate of 100 pounds per month.

He said: “She is very sorry. She was in receipt of an income which should have been disclosed, is in court for dishonesty and will now have convictions

against her name.”

Phillip Catterall, the chairman of the bench, said magistrates only decided against jailing her because of her previous good character.

He told her: “This was multiple benefit fraud over a long period of time. There was a degree of planning on your part.”

She was handed a 12-month community order, with the requirement that she completes 250 hours of unpaid work. She will also be under the supervision of the probation service for the period.

She was told to repay £3,743 to the council in compensation, and The Department for Work and Pensions are also likely to pursue the overpaid Jobseekers Allowance.

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