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Baronet’s Widow Jailed For Benefit Fraud: Former Husband Had 100-Room Mansion

by | 29th, October 2010

IN court a baronet’s widow and partner have been jailed in a benefits case. Graham Young was at Isleworth Crown Court, in west London, where he was jailed today, along with his partner Oriol Bowden, over a housing benefits scam of more than 90,000. She as once the wife of Sir Frank Bowden, whose grandad set up the Raleigh cycle firm.

Sir Frank owned a 100-room Oxfordshire home. He was an avid collector of Japanese swords and armour. His pet cheetah Chiu was allowed in the house and to ride on the passenger seat of Sir Frank’s car. Oriol Bath became his third wife in 1989.

Claiming to be his landlady, Bowden, 71, defrauded the welfare system of £55,344, by accepting payments from Young, 67, between 2004 and 2008, which she put towards the mortgage on a house in Carrara Wharf, Fulham. She was not entitled to receive the money because it was obtained fraudulently by Young, who claimed a total £92,752 in housing benefits he should not have.

Landed gentry are feeling the pinch…



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