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Woman who worked on Angelina Jolie Disney hit is £20,000 benefit crook

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Central Government, Housing, Legal

Woman who worked on Angelina Jolie hit is 20,000 benefit crook Woman who worked on Angelina Jolie hit is 20,000 benefit crook

A costume designer who worked on the Angelina Jolie film 'Maleficent' has been sentenced for stealing almost £20,000 in benefits.

Crooked Helen Beaumont illegally claimed thousands in housing benefit and jobseeker’s allowance between May 2009 and November 2012.

An investigation by Haringey Council and the Department for Work and Pensions discovered that the 37-year-old failed to disclose her work and savings of over £16,000 when she applied for the benefits.

At Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Beaumont, of Holmesdale Road, Highgate was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to two charges of fraud by failing to disclose capital.

She has repaid the illegally-claimed cash in full.

The fraudster worked as a designer on the recent film 'Maleficent' - in which Angelina Jolie plays a fairy who curses Sleeping Beauty - as well as the film 'Attack the Block'.

Her career has also spanned costume buying, supervising and design for a range of BBC and E4 shows, as well as work for the English National Opera, Royal Opera House and the Palace Theatre.

She has also worked on music videos for bands including Hot Chip and Scouting for Girls, while more than 40 TV adverts show off her costumes.

Councillor Jason Arthur, cabinet member for resources and culture, said: "Beaumont was living a real-life fantasy, scamming thousands of pounds in benefits out of taxpayers while dressing the rich and famous.

"But she should have known better than anyone that fairy tale villains never get away with it.

"Whatever your job, abusing the benefits system is an insult to the vast majority of families who play by the rules and we will not tolerate it."

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