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Psychic didn't see court coming.

A CLAIRVOYANT who failed to foresee a conviction for benefit fraud complained press coverage had been bad for business, a court heard.

Dawn Pearson, 50, from Neath, dishonestly claimed pounds 33,206 in benefits in a fiddle lasting almost five years.

While claiming to be too ill to work, she charged pounds 1.53 a minute as a telephone tarot reader and sex-chat operator.

Pearson advertised her services on a psychic website and described herself as "an excellent psychic clairvoyant".

But her secret life was undermined after a visit from a tall dark stranger in the form of a Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) inspector.

Despite earning a living tapping into the spirit world, she failed to foresee the trouble that lay ahead.

Interviewed under caution, she admitted dishonestly claiming jobseeker's allowance, housing and council tax benefits and income support.

At Swansea Crown Court she was given a 12-week jail term, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work.

Frank Phillips, defending, said Pearson''s claim had started out as legitimate. Asked later if she had foreseen what would happen she said: "I don't know. No comment."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 5, 2011
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