March 9 2014 Latest news:
By Matthew Gooding
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A Hollywood make-up artist who claims to have worked with celebrities such as Keira Knightley and Brad Pitt has been ordered to wear an electronic tag after admitting benefit fraud.
Louise Page of Jubilee End, Steeple Morden, admitted five counts of making false statements to obtain benefits at a hearing held at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday. In total she was overpaid more than £13,000
When making her claims for benefit she failed to mention she was in receipt of a private pension, that her husband was living with her and that he owned a property.
South Cambridgeshire District Council investigators uncovered the pension through the National Fraud Initiative – a data-matching exercise which has identified £1 billion in fraud and error nationally since 1996.
During the investigation further evidence was found suggesting that, despite Mrs Page claiming to be a single parent, her husband was also living in the property.
This was discovered when rubbish dumped in bins at Steeple Morden village hall was found to include printed copies of emails between Mrs Page and her husband.
Council fraud investigators retrieved further emails between the two from the husband’s employer which indicated they were still in a relationship.
In total, Mrs Page had been overpaid £13,388.57 in housing and council tax benefits between 2009-2012, which is already being recovered.
Mrs Page was handed a curfew order by magistrates which requires her to wear an electronic tag and stay at her home between 7pm-7am for the next 12 weeks. She will also pay £900 costs.
The 40-year-old, who runs a beauty academy at Henlow Grange in Bedfordshire, also lists U2 and Kasabian among former clients.
Cllr Cicely Murfitt, district councillor for Steeple Morden, said: “The neighbours of Mrs Page will be shocked to find such substantial fraud has been going on behind their backs. I am very pleased this long and complex investigation has come to a successful conclusion.”