THE G-STING; Mum nicked after she lap dances for benefit fraud spy.
A LAP-DANCER called Peaches narrowly escaped a jail sentence for benefit fraud yesterday after being caught by a DSS spy who slipped pounds 20 in her G-string.
Julieanne Beecher, 24, performed for the undercover government investigator, unaware that he was secretly filming her.
Single mum Beecher earned up to pounds 300 a week dancing for wealthy businessmen at the same time as claiming almost pounds 11,000 in state benefits, a court heard.
The DSS investigator was sent to mingle with male customers at the Fantasy Lounge in CardiffHe called Peaches over to dance and filmed her routine with a hidden camera during his 40-minute visit to the club.
Cardiff magistrates heard how mum-of-two Peaches creamed off pounds 4992 in income support, pounds 4763 in housing benefit and pounds 1079 in council tax benefit while she was working as a lap dancerYesterday, Jonathan Holmes, prosecuting, said: 'Miss Beecher was on income support and claiming benefits when she failed to declare her earnings from the lap-dancing club.
'Every time she received benefits, she had to sign to say she was earning less than pounds 20 a week.'
Trudy McBride, defending, said: 'She is a woman of clean character who was struggling to bring up two children alone.
'She was in a trap and felt she needed some extra money.
'But if she had applied for benefits and tax credits she was entitled to, she would not be here in court now.'
Beecher, of Pengam Green, Cardiff, admitted four offences under the Social Security Act and asked for three further charges to be consideredPole She was given a 240-hour community service order by the city's magistrates.
Chairman of the bench Stuart Merry told her: 'You came close to going to prison.'
After the case, Beecher said : 'I don't remember dancing for the fraud investigator - I dance for so many people.
'But he would have probably seen me pole dancing then called me over.
'When I was interviewed over the fraud, I'm pretty sure I recognised him.
'I'm relieved I didn't go to jail.
'I'm just glad it's all over and I can put it behind me
SAUCY: Peaches worked at the Fantasy club in Cardiff; FRUITY: Peaches outside court
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Apr 28, 2005|
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