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Ninja stripper 'Ian Kognito' is PS5,000 benefits conman.

Byline: DAVID GRAHAM

AN erotic dancer who performed as Ian Kognito, the stripping ninja, while claiming to be too ill to work has admitted a PS5,000 disability benefit fraud.

Mark Hetherington, 51, who performed his burlesque strip routine in a mask, learned his trade as a sexy dancer from gran Kathy Rowan, who worked with him as Kozmic Kitty, Blackpool magistrates heard.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said Hetherington told the DWP he was agoraphobic and "could not mix with others because of anxiety".

But investigators filmed him working as a "boylesque dancer" in front of audiences and at private parties. He also did "nude modelling for art classes".

Hetherington, of Blackpool, Lancs, failed to tell the DWP his condition had improved. He was overpaid PS5,018 between May 2012 and August 2014 and must do 150 hours of unpaid work.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 17, 2015
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