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Not so smooth criminal! 'Wheelchair bound' benefits cheat filmed dancing to Michael Jackson while claiming to be disabled is told to repay £190,000 despite scamming £540,000

A disability benefits cheat who was caught dancing to Michael Jackson's 'Bad' has been ordered to pay nearly £190,000 - or face extra jail time.
Maribel Milligan, from County Durham, was locked up for three years in February 2017 after wrongly pocketing more than £500,000 in benefits.
The 54-year-old had claimed she was severely disabled, could only use one arm and had to use a wheelchair, Chronicle Live reports.
However, she was filmed raising both of her arms in the air and clapping enthusiastically as she danced along to Jackson's famous hit.
Photographs shown by prosecutors also revealed her “lavish” lifestyle, with holiday snaps taken outside the Eiffel Tower and in the sea.
Milligan, of West Cornforth, wrongly claimed seven different types of benefit over the course of 11 years, pocketing herself £539,707.78.
She was jailed at Teesside Crown Court last year.
And now, she has now been ordered to pay back around a third of that sum after she transferred two houses over to her husband.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Proceeds of Crime team found the homes were passed over to her spouse as “tainted gifts” to avoid being confiscated.
Without the houses, her total assets amounted to £189,725.33, which she has been told to hand over within six months.
Milligan was ordered to pay up or face a further prison sentence of three years at the same court.
Adrian Phillips, from the CPS, said: “Milligan lied for 11 years to fraudulently claim benefits. The Proceeds of Crime team ensured these assets, along with cash in her bank accounts, were restrained so the money could be returned to the public purse.
“The CPS will continue to work to ensure criminals like Milligan will not benefit from the funds made during their crimes.”
The court heard Milligan’s lengthy fraud began in 2002, when she began to claim income support, despite owning two properties in Venezuela.
Until her arrest in December 2013, she claimed income support, independent living fund payments, council tax benefit, housing benefit, disability living allowance, and severe disablement benefit.
She claimed she had no income and lived alone, but was actually found to be married and running a salon business - as well as owning properties that she had transferred to her husband.
A jury found Milligan guilty in December 2016 of five offences of dishonestly retaining a rightful credit, an offence of obtaining services by deception and one of evasion of liability by deception.
Her scam was only unearthed after a member of the public became suspicious and called the benefit fraud hotline.
It sparked a lengthy and complex investigation which lasted for more than three years.

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