Dancer claimed benefits illegally

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A lapdancer carried on claiming benefits and failed to reveal she was working after she had won a windfall.

Nikita Baker was earning £150 a night at her job and had also won £10,000 in a radio station competition.

Baker, a 28-year-old mother-of-one, of Bela Grove, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to three offences of dishonestly failing to notify a change in circumstances.

She was sentenced to do 40 hours’ unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said benefit fraud investigators received a tip-off about Baker and started to look into her circumstances.

They discovered she worked as a lap and pole dancer at Rouge Carlisle.

Investigators also found out she had won £10,000 in July last year in a competition run by radio station Rock FM.

When interviewed, she admitted she could earn £150 a night as an exotic dancer. She said she believed she could work up to 16 hours without having to declare it.

She also admitted winning £10,000, saying she spent the money on a car and gave some to her boyfriend. She said she did not think she had to declare money she had won.

Baker illegally claimed £3,843 in income support, council tax and housing benefits between August 2012 and August last year.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said Baker had co-operated with investigators and voluntarily told them about the money she had won.

She had used some of her winnings to buy a car, as she was her mother’s carer and drove to her address.