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Couple claim £50,000 in benefits while spending two years sailing the world.


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"For two years, Shashi Bacheta and her partner sailed halfway round the world on their 70ft yacht, sun-kissed and living the lives of millionaires.

Able to indulge in her passion for scuba diving, Bacheta and Jeffrey Coles occasionally docked their £100,000 yacht the Kismet, drawing admiring glances from passers-by and hooking up with fellow travellers.

What the onlookers did not know, however, was that the couple were funding their trip by illegally claiming more than £50,000 in Government benefits.

And it was one such evening that was to prove their undoing, when they got chatting to two retired policemen who posted a photograph of them on an internet blog which eventually led to their downfall.

Yesterday, after admitting 20 charges of fraud and false accounting, they were warned by the courts that their next port of call was likely to be a jail cell.

While on their trip, Bacheta, 52, claimed for housing benefits, disability living allowances, council tax relief and income support in a series of scams.

Coles, 58, chipped in, claiming an extra £12,000 by claiming to be her landlord when they were in fact living together."



5 years in prison should be about right.










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just another fine example of how soft the benefit system is

why were these people never checked up on?

surely the benefits people have a way of checking up?


these peoples yaucht should be sold and used to pay back what these swine have conned


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