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'Babestation' star fined for claiming benefits while working on porn channel.

London, Sept 10 (ANI): A glamour model has been fined 1,000 pounds for claiming benefits while working as a television presenter on the porn channel 'Babestation'.

Lori Buckby, 25, from Battersea, south London, received a carer's allowance for looking after her sick father despite earning up to 4,000 pounds a month on the adult TV station.

She was paid 2,406 pounds in benefits, which she has since been forced to give back, and after she pleaded guilty to the fraud she was sentenced at South Western Magistrates' Court in Battersea.

In addition to the fine, she was ordered to pay 100 pounds towards court costs and a 15-pound victim surcharge.

Before starting her job in the adult entertainment industry, Buckby looked after her father, who suffered a stroke in 2005 at the age of 50 and became semi-paralysed.

"This came as a bolt out of the blue. He had looked after her and she had a close relationship with him," the Telegraph quoted lawyer Anne Crossfield, defending, as saying.

Buckby's claim for a carer's allowance was at first legitimate as she was in Leicester looking after her father, who had run a gym in the city, but when she got her job her grandmother took over caring for her father.

Buckby, however, wrongly believed she was still entitled to the allowance.

"This was more a sin of omission rather than commission...Her stepmother had the idea she could claim the allowance," Crossfield said.

"Miss Buckby signed the forms. She fully accepts she should have taken the time to read them. She seems to have been overtaken by the busyness of life and by the panic that she felt about her father's condition.

"She's not a person who set out to pull the wool over people's eyes," she added.

The court heard how Buckby divided her time between her work in London and continuing to help look after her father in Leicester.

"Obviously benefit fraud is something we take very seriously but we do feel this could be dealt with by way of a fine," chairman of the bench Mary Methuen said.

The Department for Work and Pensions, who prosecuted the case, welcomed the sentence. (ANI)

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