Woman Pleads Guilty In U.K. Radio Contest Fraud
March 11, 2009 at 5:15 AM (PT)
Radio stations have countless stories about "contest pigs," but few involve fraud charges and fines, as in the case of a British woman who forged name change documents in order to win jackpots from radio stations despite being ineligible due to prior winnings.
BERNADETTE HURST of WORTHING, SUSSEX won over 200,000 pounds in contests from several stations, including a 171,000-pound jackpot from MAGIC FM as well as other five-figure cash prizes, vacations and other prizes. She also entered a CAPITAL FM contest after being arrested for her earlier infractions.
The 44-year-old grandmother pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud in SOUTHWARK Crown Court and was given a 40-week sentence suspended for two years. She will also have to pay 11,000 pounds in court costs, must serve 150 hours of community service, and cannot enter radio or TV contests.