A cheating businesswoman who sold counterfeit goods in her shop and illegally claimed housing benefit has been ordered to repay £45,000 of her ill-gotten gains.

Leeds Crown Court heard investigations began into the activities of Danielle Fisher in June 2011 after she claimed housing benefit on a house in Spruce Drive Mews, Netherton.

She said she was self-employed but had a new business and was not yet receiving income.

She also said her father, former Huddersfield Town chairman Terry Fisher, a wealthy businessman, owned the property and was her landlord.

James Lake, prosecuting, told the court last year when Fisher was given a suspended jail term that as a result of the application housing benefit was paid into her bank account. But on March 11, 2011 when an enforcement officer visited the property a neighbour said no-one was living there.

A letter was sent to Mr Fisher to establish who was living at the address and the reply indicated his daughter had moved out in 2008 and was living at that time in Lightenfield Lane, Netherton.

The benefits were therefore suspended. Further inquiries revealed it was Fisher who owned the property and “this was therefore a dishonest and brazen claim from the outset,” said Mr Lake.

Inquiries also revealed she owned a property in Crosland Hill on which she was receiving rent which she had failed to mention and would have disqualified her claim.

It was also then discovered she had made a dishonest claim in relation to Lightenfield Lane where she had acted as a landlord and a tenant’s housing benefit continued to be paid to her after that woman moved out. The overpayment involved was £4,776.09.

“The defendant was receiving benefit for two properties at the same time that she was clearly not entitled to,” he said.

The court also heard in October 2010 Fisher had opened a business, Plan B in Lindley, selling unwanted fashion items, on which she received some commission.

Plan B
Plan B
 

After complaints were received from some members of the public that she was selling counterfeit goods West Yorkshire Trading Standards raided the shop on December 8, 2011.

They seized 78 counterfeit items from 16 different brands including Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture and Louis Vuitton.

Fisher, now 27 of Grisedale Avenue, Birkby admitted 23 trademark offences and four benefit frauds. She was given a six month jail sentence suspended for 18 months with 150 hours unpaid work and a high level activity requirement.

At the same court yesterday Judge James Spencer QC said the agreed benefit from her crime was £45,000 and ordered that be confiscated from her assets with £4,776.09 going in compensation from that figure to Kirklees Council. She was given six months to pay or face 15 months in prison in default.

He also ordered Fisher to pay £5,000 prosecution costs.

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