Playboy model claimed £44k in benefits while starring in an adult films and photo shoots

January 20, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
Former Playboy model Julia Martinez who has been prosecuted for benefit fraud

Former Playboy model Julia Martinez who has been prosecuted for benefit fraud

A glamour model fraudulently claimed over £40,000 benefits including disability allowance – while starring in a PLAYBOY film, a court heard.

Busty Julia Martinez, 43, said she was too sick to work but was earning money in racy photo shoots and movies.

She kept a diary saying she was ”’very lucky” to ”own her house, was slim and attractive and to have a benefit system that allows me to live comfortably”.

Martinez claimed over £44,000 in benefits while working as an actor and running a successful photography company and a modelling career.

Inspectors found she had also ”appeared in a Playboy film”, Bristol Crown Court heard.

She pleased guilty to several counts of fraud after claiming she was too ill to work.

The seven counts of fraud related to income support, council tax and disability living allowance.

She made several false representations and even went to the lengths of changing her name or sending money to Spain to avoid getting caught.

George Threlfall, prosecuting, said how Martinez loved money, whether earned or received through benefits, with some of her claims made as early as 2008.

He said: “Her diary is a fascinating insight into someone who was clearly obsessed by money, making it both honestly and dishonestly.  She said the benefit system was fair game.

“Miss Martinez has done her best to cover her tracks, by using aliases and transferring money from the UK to Spain.

“She works as a model or as a photographer. She had her own businesses, one of which was called Shoot the Bride.

“There was a sister company called Shoot the Moon.  We also seized a DVD. It was clear she had acted in a Playboy DVD.”

He went on to tell the court how she wrote that she was very lucky, owned her own house, was slim and attractive, and a lovely dog and “to have a benefit system that allows me to live comfortably”.

At an earlier hearings, Martinez, from Cheltenham, Glos., pleased guilty to five of the seven counts, with her most recent plea coming on the day her trial was meant to begin.

Martinez, 43, hides her face as she arrives at Bristol Crown Court

Martinez, 43, hides her face as she arrives at Bristol Crown Court

Martinez’s income support claims amounted to £27,908.67, her disability claim to £14,112 and her council tax relief claim to £2,178.63, equalling £44,199.30.

Mitigating, Rob Lancaster said how his client had a history of mental health and was trying to get away from an abusive and horrid past.

He said: “Miss Martinez has suffered serious depression since her 20s, long before she made her first claim.

“She was trying to take steps to move forward with her life. These steps should have been disclosed.

“The fact is that she was someone trying to get away from benefits, not live a life on them.”

Mr Lancaster told the court that when she was told she couldn’t have a children in 2005, it hit her hard, with Martinez reaching her lowest point in 2008.

He said: “She suffered abuse as a child – both physically and mentally. She is a lady who has always sought the help of others to improver herself.

“Her life goal was to have children. It took her right back to when she was young. Up to that point, she had never made a benefit claim.”

Martinez pleaded to one count of making false representations when claiming income support and one count of failing to update the DWP on her change of situation.

She also pleaded guilty to one count of falsely claiming disability allowance and two counts of claiming she was entitled to council tax relief.

Judge William Hart sentenced her to a nine prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Martinez may have to pay a fine, but that could not be decided at the hearing and will be dealt with in June.

Judge Hart said: “The view the crown takes of you and the one your friends, family and defence do, is like two different people being spoke of.

“That often happens on a fraud case that the crown sees someone who has cheated the system. The defence see the reason someone finds themselves in that position.

“It often lies somewhere between those extremes. You are undoubtedly a woman who combines a disabilities and abilities.

“I suspect the affect of all this is you never want to see the inside of a court again.”

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