LGBTI global news 24-7

Drag queen and disability fraud jailed after police catch him dancing on YouTube

Half of popular drag queen duo Glitter Lips has been jailed after admitting to wrongly claiming nearly £100k in benefits
Mark Hawthorn, one half of popular drag queen duo Glitter Lips has been jailed for benefit fraud

Drag queen jailed after committing benefit fraud worth £88,000

One half of popular drag queen duo Glitter Lips has been jailed after admitting to wrongly claiming £88,000 in benefits

A drag queen is facing six months in jail after wrongly claiming nearly £100k in disability benefit.

Mark Hawthorn, 49, also known as Tilly - one half of the comedy drag duo Glitter Lips - committed five counts of benefit fraud between November 2003 and March 2012.

Sentencing him at Staffordshire Crown Court, Judge Michael Challinor said: ‘You should have confined your acting ability to female impersonation rather than defrauding the state.’

Prosecutors for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said an anonymous tip-off prompted its investigation into Hawthorn's ‘systematic fraud’ of the benefits system.

Hawthorn claimed he suffered from a number of health problems which meant he needed help ‘night and day.’

He said he could barely walk 50 yards but the DWP uncovered YouTube footage of the performer dancing to hits by Diana Ross and Tina Turner.

Speaking to Gay Star News, Sian Fellowes, senior fraud manager at the DWP, said: ‘Benefit thieves are costing the taxpayer £1billion per year.

‘Disability living allowance is intended to help people who have severe difficulties with their care and mobility, and it is clear in this case no such difficulties existed.

‘We will continue to investigate allegations of benefit fraud very rigorously and bring people who abuse the benefit system to justice.’

Prosecutor for the Department of Work and Pensions, Trevor Meegan, said Mark Hawthorn ‘had failed to declare his status as a self-employed drag artiste.’

'This was a flagrant and systematic fraud, claimed over a long period of time and of high value’ Meegan added.

Hawthorn fully admitted wrongdoing when confronted with the facts of the case and pleaded guilty.

The court heard Hawthorn claimed disability living allowance, council tax benefit, housing benefit and income support.

Hawthorn also failed to pay national insurance contributions or income tax from his earnings as Glitter Lips.

The 49-year-old has performed as Tilly on and off for 25 years.

Comment on a news story

Comments

Learn everything you need to know about the program so you can decide if Unlock His Heart: Shortcut To His Love is the right choice for you before you buy it.https://rebelmouse.com

Well, this got me thinking what other workouts are good for those of us who find ourselves on the road or have limited equipment options.workout guide

3 PXL Photography - Las Vegas, Nevada. USA. Wedding photography company.wedding photographer in Las Vegas

This site is a leading resource for information about the Race dePriest Text That Girl PDF book and complete guide on how to text girls that teaches men the exact messages that will make her laugh, flirt, and even get turned on.how can i make my ex boyfriend miss me

Desire System: Dr. David T. Reveals The Holy Grail Of Seduction Techniques That Uses Emotional Contagion To Turn A Woman On And Compels Her To Chase You And Want Sex With You This site includes a Desire System review and buyers guide that provides an insider's look at the program and answers frequently asked questions about Dr. David's unique and controversial seduction system. Learn everything you need to know about the program so you can decide if the Desire System is the right choice for you before you buy it.how can i make a girl go crazy about me

Rubbermaid Commercial Products offer the best selection of material handling, waste containers, housekeeping and maids carts, recycling solutions, cleaning and food service products. Equipment designed to make transporting, storing, cleaning, and collecting easier and safer. visit the site

We offer a wide range of different types of links including; Article Marketing, Social Bookmarks, Edu and Gov backlinks as well forum profiles and blog comments. Now if you aren’t already educated about backlinks you might not understand why you need such a variety of backlinks pointing to your site. talking to

Your home is your most highly treasured possession. If something happens, you need urgent Orange County locksmith home services. Call us as soon as possible to request an emergency lockout or opening, get emergency lock changes, re-keying services, and master key systems. Homes in Orange County should have a high security lock system for added security. If a new roommate is moving in or one is moving out, call us to change locks Orange County. A locksmith Orange County will be there soon to install the best security systems you need. visit the site