Botched-Up Bodies star Chelsey Harwood is exposed as a fraud after claiming more than ?25,000 in employment benefits while boasting about wealth online
Botched-Up Bodies star Chelsey Harwood was busted after she claimed £25,000 in benefits while boasting online that she raked in £120,000 a year and was regularly given expensive gifts.
The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to three benefit fraud offences totaling £25,156 in court and was given a suspended sentence of four months in prison.
She was also placed under supervision for two years and ordered to carry out 20 days rehabilitation activities and 100 hours unpaid work.
A judge also imposed a two month curfew from 9pm to 6am with an electronic tag and said that Harwood would benefit from help from the probation service.
He also pointed out that the TV star – who has also starred in internet series This Is Liverpool – does not yet seem "to have woken up to the level of responsibility you need to show in your life generally."
The judge described the transgender star as living in a "fantasy world with an unhealthy celebrity life style".
It was revealed that Harwood's benefit claims were genuine at the beginning, but became false when she began earning from her self-employed work and moved from Liverpool to St Helens, where she made new benefit claims.
According to The Mirror, the judge told the TV star: "You had an online presence for webcam work which produced for you an income not only direct payments, but also gifts, and you had some media work writing for an online magazine."
"In those posts you bragged about your level of earnings, making what seems to me clearly extravagant claims about the amounts you were able to earn from payments and gifts."
The court heard that Chelsey had talked about being able to buy a Mercedes car and spend £1,000 a month on beauty treatments.
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