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Former Beauty Queen On Trial On Fraud Charges
A former Miss Great Britain competitor is going on trial accused of claiming more than £22,000 in benefits as a single parent.
Rachel Hatton, 28, of Foxfield Way, Grange Park, Northampton, pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing at Northampton Crown Court to two charges of fraud and two of false representation while allegedly living with her then partner Nathaniel Simon.
The charges relate to her allegedly falsely claiming housing benefit, council tax, income support and legal aid.
The beauty queen's then landlord Simon, 36, also of Foxfield Way, denied providing false information on a tenancy agreement and failing to disclose information at the same hearing.
Divorcee Hatton hit the headlines in 2010 after becoming the first single parent to be allowed to enter the Miss Great Britain competition.
The mother of one won the regional title of Miss Warwickshire before going on to the finals of the contest.