Barrister Nadine Wilson-Ellis jailed for Bristol flat scam
- 20 August 2013
- From the section Bristol
A barrister has been sent to prison for seven months after pretending to be an unemployed single mother-of-two to get a council flat which she sub-let.
Nadine Wilson-Ellis, 35, charged £100 a week for the maisonette in Easton over three years, Bristol Crown Court heard.
The jury heard she had forged bank statements, addresses and personal information to qualify for the flat.
At the time she owned two homes in Nottingham where she worked as a law lecturer earning £30,000 a year.
She has now lost her job.
The court heard Mrs Wilson-Ellis lived in one of the two properties in Nottingham with her family and husband.
She was caught by the authorities when she applied for a larger council house in Bristol in 2011, again submitting forged documents backing her claim.
Bristol City Council discovered she had been illegally sub-letting her property - netting about £10,000 over three years.
Wilson-Ellis denied offences under the Fraud Act but was convicted of two charges by a jury at Bristol Crown Court on 23 July.
"Your behaviour inevitably resulted in a more deserving claimant being denied the accommodation that was offered to you," said Judge Richard Longman.
"It was a fraud that was calculated, deliberate and planned.
"In defending yourself you brazenly lied in the fact of the most damning evidence, which fortunately the jury saw through."
Bristol City Council said she deprived those genuinely in need out of a council house.