A convicted benefits cheat has had her address removed from two regional papers’ court coverage after complaining to the Press Complaints Commission.
Sadie Collis was convicted in 2008 of fraudulently claiming £13,911 in housing and council tax benefits with her husband Derek over a three-year period, while having around £100,000 hidden in various bank accounts.
She claimed the articles inaccurately claimed she bought a sports car with money she obtained from the fraud, that she had stored the money in six secret bank accounts when it was only four, and raised concern that the papers had published her address.
Under the Magistrates Court Act 1980, newspapers are entitled to publish the name, date of birth and address of defendants – but while neither paper accepted they had breached the code, both took her address out of their online story.
They also amended the number of secret bank accounts she had used.
Mrs Collis also made a complaint to the Sun, which had picked up the article, about the purchase of the Porsche and how many bank accounts she had. They altered their online article.