TV show mum to do unpaid work

Caroline Banana, the mother who won £95,000 on the TV show 'Deal or No Deal', has been ordered to do 215 hours unpaid work.

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Banana had targeted £35,000 win on TV show

Caroline Banana, who has been ordered to do 215 hours unpaid work for failing to disclose her £95,000 winnings from her appearance on ‘Deal or No Deal’, had set her sights on a £35,000 win on the programme.

She was eventually offered £95,000 when only two boxes remained - one containing £250,000 and the other £5,000.

Caroline Banana sentenced for TV show fraud

Caroline Banana has left court after being ordered to do 215 hours unpaid work for failing to disclose her £95,000 winnings from her appearance on ‘Deal or No Deal’.

Caroline Banana leaves North Staffordshire Magistrates Court. Credit: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire
Banana won £95,000 on the show. Credit: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire
Banana expressed remorse for her actions, according to her solicitor David Green. Credit: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire

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TV show fraudster in ‘deliberate cover up’

The woman ordered to do unpaid work after failing to disclose winnings from her appearance on ‘Deal or No Deal’ harmed “every member of society”, according to the judge who sentenced her today.

District Judge David Taylor said: "Any offence of benefit fraud is never victimless.

"It harms every member of society who works and pays tax with the misfortune of having to claim benefit."

He said "any honest person" would have reported the winnings within a short time of receiving them and said he was satisfied her behaviour did "amount to a deliberate cover up".

He said Banana had only admitted her guilty on the eve of her trial last week and that she therefore deserved "minimum credit" for that guilty plea.

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TV show mum ordered to do unpaid work

Caroline Banana on Deal or No Deal. Credit: Channel 4

Caroline Banana, the mother who won £95,000 on the TV show 'Deal or No Deal', has been ordered to do 215 hours unpaid work.

Banana, of Stoke-on-Trent, previously admitted six counts of failing to disclose financial changes in her circumstances with the intention of profiting from the situation.

The 40-year-old was also made subject to two compensation orders; to repay £2,517.35 to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and repay £3,794.86 to Stoke City Council, and was ordered to pay £350 costs.

Benefit fraudster who won £95K on TV to be sentenced

A mother who failed to declare £95,000 in winnings from the TV show Deal Or No Deal will be sentenced for benefit fraud today.

Caroline Banana, 40, of Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent, admitted failing to disclose financial changes in her circumstances at North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court last week.

She had been facing trial over 10 charges in a prosecution brought by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, but admitted six of the counts, while the other offences were dismissed.

Benefit claimants must inform the Department for Work and Pensions if their bank balance exceeds £16,000, either due to a windfall or inheritance.

However Banana, who appeared on the Channel 4 show hosted by Noel Edmonds in 2011, admitted failing to disclose her winnings.

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