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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 October, 2004, 10:16 GMT 11:16 UK
Quiz cheat has defence costs cut
Charles Ingram
Ingram is an ex-Army major
A judge has accused quiz show cheats Charles and Diana Ingram of "cynically manipulating" their finances to avoid paying back defence costs.

But Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC agreed to halve these contributions to 30,000.

He added that they had "deliberately relegated" funds used to pay for their case to "the bottom of their list of priorities".

The couple were found guilty in 2003 of deception after winning the top prize in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.

41-year-old Ingram, an ex-Army major, of Easterton, near Devizes, Wiltshire, his wife Diana and college lecturer Tecwen Whittock were given suspended prison sentences, fines and ordered to pay court costs.

In August the Ingrams asked for a reduction in their combined defence contribution of 65,000.

Judge Rivlin, sitting in London, ruled that Ingram's costs should be reduced from 40,000 to 25,000, and his wife's from 25,000 to 5,000.




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