GMTV housing benefit swindler spared jail
Published by Anonymous for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal
An ex-GMTV presenter who swindled £76,000 in housing benefit has been spared jailed.
Louise Port failed to declare an £87,000 stake in a property when claiming the welfare from Westminster City Council.
Judge Anthony Pitts told Port, 37, that he was suspending her 18-month sentence for two years as an "act of mercy".
Port, 37, who lost her job as a GMTV reporter when she refused to work nights due to epilepsy issues, stole the money to pay off her credit card bills.
The crook was found guilty of four counts of housing benefit fraud. On top of her suspended sentence, she was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.
Sentencing her at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Pitts told Port that he didn't believe she would have committed the offences if her life had been on track.