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how common could this story be ?
21-05-2013, 12:24 AM
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how common could this story be ?
A clairvoyant who failed to foresee a conviction for benefit fraud has been ordered to pay back every penny of £33,000 she illegally claimed.

Self-styled Tarot reader and fortune-teller Dawn Pearson, 50, was uncovered as a benefits cheat after investigators realised she was being paid to carry out psychic consultations over the phone, a court heard.

The telephone charges were costing a fortune for her customers at £1.53 per minute, while Pearson was claiming benefits for being too ill to work.

Prosecutor Nuhu Gobir said: 'Fraud investigators from the Department of Work and Pensions began an investigation into her claim after information she was working as a psychic.

'She denied she was in either full-time or part-time employment.'

The court heard DWP officers contacted the Absolute Live company where Pearson was working as a psychic reader and a sex chat-line operator.

Mr Gobir said: 'They were unable to provide a breakdown of her hours but records showed she was paid £600 a month at some stage.

'Investigators retrieved her bank statements to show payments from the Absolute Live company.

'Another company Selcast UK Ltd said she had worked on a self-employed basis as a tarot card reader and as a webcame psychic.'

The court heard Pearson unlawfully claimed a total of £33,206.82 in income support, jobseekers allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit over 16 months.

But at the same time she was advertising herself as a chat line clairvoyant on the Psychic TV website.

On the website, Pearson is pictured next to the description: 'Dawn is an excellent Psychic clairvoyant, with many years experience.

'She uses her cards and crystals, and also her spirit guides to get a link with you.

'She is a trained Reiki healer and has been using all of her gifts to help people for many years.

'Dawn will happily discuss any pressing relationship or career questions, but can also give general guidance on self-development using her training as a life coach.'

Pearson appeared in Swansea Crown Court to admit four charges of benefits fraud by claiming to be 'unable to work due to illness and disability.'

Frank Phillips, defending, told the court that Pearson's claim had started out as legitimate.

He said financial problems arose because she had been the sole carer for her father and an aunt who both died within a short time of each other.

She had been left to pay their funeral costs and had helped out another family member struggling to pay large catalogue debts.

'As time went on she buried her head in the sand and became afraid of informing the authorities,' he said.

He added that she had been under 'much trauma' as a result but had now already repaid £600 and was repaying £114 a month.

Pearson, of Neath, South Wales, was given a 12-week suspended jailed sentence and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

She stood in court with her head bowed today as she listened to the judge passing sentence.

After the hearing she left court with her face hidden behind an umbrella, despite the absence of rain.

Asked if she had foreseen what would happen to her she replied: 'I don't know. No. No comment.'

She had complained that press coverage had been bad for business in a pre sentence report.

Recorder Christopher Clee QC said: 'You claim that you have been ridiculed in the press and, as a result of which, work has diminished, and that is no great surprise.'

He ordered her to pay back all the money to the taxpayer.

He said: 'You’ve already paid back some and it will take you very many years to pay it all back.

'You richly deserve an immediate prison sentence and the great majority of the British public who work and pay taxes to benefits cheats like yourself would demand a prison sentence.

'But I have to work within guidelines. Your sentence will be suspended instead.

'Unpaid work will mean you putting something back into the community instead of taking out which is what you did for five years.'

After the case, DWP Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said: 'It’s cases like these that show us why welfare reform is needed.

'We have a duty to the taxpayer to make sure that these vital benefits only go to those who need them.

'Benefit fraud takes money away from the most vulnerable.

'It is a crime and we are committed to stopping it by catching criminals at the front line and making sure our reforms make the benefit system less open to abuse.'


I wonder how common this is in the psychic phoneline industry.
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21-05-2013, 08:20 AM
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So now you are attempting to say that all psychics are benefit cheats???????

You appear to be very deluded..... the figure for benefit fraud (and this is over all industries) is something like a few percent..... they are a small minority of over all claims (feel free to do your own research on this but the statistics really do speak for themselves)

This story could apply for anyone who is self employed... not just a self employed psychic.... a high percentage of the UK population is now self employed...... most people declare their self employment, regardless of their profession.

Also, many phone psychics do this part time on top of a *day* job.....

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21-05-2013, 08:28 AM
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Where did I write all psychics are benefit cheats??
I sould wonder how common it is in this industary.. Very defensive !
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21-05-2013, 12:14 PM
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It's not defensive... you made the implication by making the comment..... ergo.... you are questioning how many psychics who work on phone lines are benefit cheats.... I simply pointed out that you need to research statistics on benefit fraud as it is actually a very low percent.. therefore not many :-)

Again... it would be better for you if you simply did research.... had statistics, had the correct information....:-)

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21-05-2013, 03:19 PM
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Once again your wrong.. Read what asked.. Then comment!

I implied nothing ! I made asked a retorical question..

"I wonder how common this is in the psychic phoneline industry?"

I didn't expect anyone to do a head count or anything! Lol
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21-05-2013, 04:59 PM
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No you made an implication, one that was based on nothing more than hot air and fantasy evils you have in your head :-)...

I have read, re read, and reached the same conclusion.... that you made an implication to make it appear that all psychics are completely dishonest........ clearly it isn't that common otherwise more would have been caught...... benefits cheats tend to get caught at some point, and many make the daily fail and other papers.... but given none have come to light over the years since this old article, I think your rhetorical question is answered in facts (something you appear to be seriously lacking)

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21-05-2013, 06:17 PM
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(21-05-2013 12:24 AM)chrisw316 Wrote:  A clairvoyant who failed to foresee a conviction for benefit fraud has been ordered to pay back every penny of £33,000 she illegally claimed.

Self-styled Tarot reader and fortune-teller Dawn Pearson, 50, was uncovered as a benefits cheat after investigators realised she was being paid to carry out psychic consultations over the phone, a court heard.

The telephone charges were costing a fortune for her customers at £1.53 per minute, while Pearson was claiming benefits for being too ill to work.

Prosecutor Nuhu Gobir said: 'Fraud investigators from the Department of Work and Pensions began an investigation into her claim after information she was working as a psychic.

'She denied she was in either full-time or part-time employment.'

The court heard DWP officers contacted the Absolute Live company where Pearson was working as a psychic reader and a sex chat-line operator.

Mr Gobir said: 'They were unable to provide a breakdown of her hours but records showed she was paid £600 a month at some stage.

'Investigators retrieved her bank statements to show payments from the Absolute Live company.

'Another company Selcast UK Ltd said she had worked on a self-employed basis as a tarot card reader and as a webcame psychic.'

The court heard Pearson unlawfully claimed a total of £33,206.82 in income support, jobseekers allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit over 16 months.

But at the same time she was advertising herself as a chat line clairvoyant on the Psychic TV website.

On the website, Pearson is pictured next to the description: 'Dawn is an excellent Psychic clairvoyant, with many years experience.

'She uses her cards and crystals, and also her spirit guides to get a link with you.

'She is a trained Reiki healer and has been using all of her gifts to help people for many years.

'Dawn will happily discuss any pressing relationship or career questions, but can also give general guidance on self-development using her training as a life coach.'

Pearson appeared in Swansea Crown Court to admit four charges of benefits fraud by claiming to be 'unable to work due to illness and disability.'

Frank Phillips, defending, told the court that Pearson's claim had started out as legitimate.

He said financial problems arose because she had been the sole carer for her father and an aunt who both died within a short time of each other.

She had been left to pay their funeral costs and had helped out another family member struggling to pay large catalogue debts.

'As time went on she buried her head in the sand and became afraid of informing the authorities,' he said.

He added that she had been under 'much trauma' as a result but had now already repaid £600 and was repaying £114 a month.

Pearson, of Neath, South Wales, was given a 12-week suspended jailed sentence and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

She stood in court with her head bowed today as she listened to the judge passing sentence.

After the hearing she left court with her face hidden behind an umbrella, despite the absence of rain.

Asked if she had foreseen what would happen to her she replied: 'I don't know. No. No comment.'

She had complained that press coverage had been bad for business in a pre sentence report.

Recorder Christopher Clee QC said: 'You claim that you have been ridiculed in the press and, as a result of which, work has diminished, and that is no great surprise.'

He ordered her to pay back all the money to the taxpayer.

He said: 'You’ve already paid back some and it will take you very many years to pay it all back.

'You richly deserve an immediate prison sentence and the great majority of the British public who work and pay taxes to benefits cheats like yourself would demand a prison sentence.

'But I have to work within guidelines. Your sentence will be suspended instead.

'Unpaid work will mean you putting something back into the community instead of taking out which is what you did for five years.'

After the case, DWP Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said: 'It’s cases like these that show us why welfare reform is needed.

'We have a duty to the taxpayer to make sure that these vital benefits only go to those who need them.

'Benefit fraud takes money away from the most vulnerable.

'It is a crime and we are committed to stopping it by catching criminals at the front line and making sure our reforms make the benefit system less open to abuse.'


I wonder how common this is in the psychic phoneline industry.

I do not think it is right to make assumptions without knowing the full story or facts..if we did this to you would you like it or any of your family
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22-05-2013, 12:00 AM (This post was last modified: 22-05-2013 12:05 AM by chrisw316.)
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(21-05-2013 04:59 PM)Icemaiden Wrote:  No you made an implication, one that was based on nothing more than hot air and fantasy evils you have in your head :-)...

I have read, re read, and reached the same conclusion.... that you made an implication to make it appear that all psychics are completely dishonest........ clearly it isn't that common otherwise more would have been caught...... benefits cheats tend to get caught at some point, and many make the daily fail and other papers.... but given none have come to light over the years since this old article, I think your rhetorical question is answered in facts (something you appear to be seriously lacking)

If you have read, re read and come to the same answer you clear have trouble understanding what the basics of a question is ..Rhetorical or other wise..

Do I think all psychics are benefit cheats ? No that's just daft!

Do I wonder how many psychics could be benefit cheats? Yes i do as its a weird industry that could be easily twisted to suit someone working from home .. Where as someone claiming for a bad back and getting paid cash in hand on a building site runs more chance of getting caught!

Oh and do think all psychics are dishonest?..not all but many I do yes.... I've stated before I think anyone that hears voices/sees shapes/read peoples futures by any 'paranormal' means is either a lier or need to seek help for mental illness.. This is my personal opinion.

I have covered this before..
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