Tuesday 21 November 2017

Beauty queen denies false benefit claims

Emma Sword in Northampton

A FORMER Miss Great Britain competitor has denied claiming more than £22,000 (€26,000) in benefits as a single parent while living with her partner.

Rachel Hatton (28) looked tearful as she appeared before magistrates in Northampton charged with two charges of false representation and one of fraud while living with her then-partner Nathaniel Simon.

Ms Hatton, of Foxfield Way, Grange Park, Northampton, denied all three charges.

The false-representation charges relate to her falsely claiming housing benefit, council tax and income support, and the fraud charge relates to a legal-aid claim.

Mr Simon (36), also of Foxfield Way, appeared in court charged with falsely claiming housing benefits while living with Ms Hatton. Both were released on bail to reappear at the court for a committal hearing on March 2.

Ms Hatton hit the headlines in 2010 after becoming the first single parent/divorcee to be allowed to enter the Miss Great Britain competition.

The mother of one won the regional title of Miss Warwickshire before going on to the finals of the contest.

Irish Independent

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