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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 August 2005, 19:43 GMT 20:43 UK
Benefit cheat model is sentenced
Louise Glover
Glover had claimed she was too depressed to leave her flat
A glamour model who falsely claimed thousands of pounds in benefits while working has been sentenced to 240 hours of community service.

Louise Glover, 22, claimed nearly 15,000 in housing benefit, income support and council tax benefit for more than two years.

St Helens magistrates heard she was earning up to 1,225-a-month through posing for newspapers and magazines.

Glover, who has since left St Helens, admitted unlawfully claiming benefits.

The court was told she had claimed benefits because she said she was too depressed to leave her flat.

She had earlier wept as her defence solicitor Tony Wemyss asked the bench not to send her to prison.

"The glamour industry appears to me anything other than glamorous," he said.

You are dealing with a little girl from St Helens who has had trouble in her life and is trying to make her way in the world
Louise Glover's lawyer, Tony Wemyss

"One perhaps thinks of the models as almost film stars living the life of Riley, who are kind enough to appear, persuaded by large amounts of money in that situation. Talking to my client, nothing could be further from the truth."

He added: "Apparently, the people in the industry are not clergymen or doctors - some of them are rascals.

"You are not dealing with a supermodel or a cunning con woman.

"You are dealing with a little girl from St Helens who has had trouble in her life and is trying to make her way in the world, and I imagine she has been preyed upon by people more cunning than herself."

He said that Glover, who now lives in London, had had a difficult childhood.

Speaking outside court, she said: "I'm just relieved it's all over.

"It's destroyed me mentally going through this and it's been really bad for my career. I just want to get on with it now and concentrate on my modelling."


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