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Rastamouse creator sentenced for £8,700 benefit fraud

The creator of the Rastamouse youngsters’s TV sequence has been sentenced for benefit fraud – with the decide referencing the present by telling the courtroom that “not even Da Easy Crew can get him out of this one”.

Michael de Souza, 64, is the brains behind the favored books and CBeebies cease movement present a couple of mouse who fronts a crime-fighting reggae band.

De Souza wrongly claimed £3,581.90 in Jobseeker’s Allowance and £5,186.12 in housing benefit between January and December 2017, the Evening Standard reported.

The author admitted wrongly claiming £8,768.02 in advantages whereas additionally receiving cash from his work as an award-winning creator.

He pleaded responsible at Southwark Crown Court on Monday after admitting he had not “grasped the nettle” of telling authorities about his different sources of revenue.

De Souza, from west London, added he had not likely confronted as much as his benefit fraud as a result of his writing was such an irregular supply of revenue.

He was ordered to finish 160 hours of neighborhood service.

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The TV sequence he created centres across the all-mouse reggae band Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew, who carry out songs in addition to fixing mysteries for the president of Mouseland.

After De Souza admitted fraud, the decide Christopher Hehir mentioned: “Not even Da Easy Crew can get him out of this one.”

He added: “I’ve bought younger youngsters and I was a fan of Rastamouse.

“I did inform my eight-year-old daughter, who was an enormous fan when she was youthful, that Mr De Souza was showing earlier than me, and she wasn’t eager on a custodial sentence.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I do not normally run sentences previous my younger youngsters.

“It is a superb disgrace {that a} man of your undoubted abilities, which I’ve been capable of observe for myself by way of the medium of the TV present Rastamouse, finds himself earlier than the crown courtroom for a matter of this type.”

De Souza, who left Trinidad when he was 5 to hitch his dad and mom within the UK, beforehand labored as a swimming trainer to the kids of celebrities together with Stella McCartney and Sir Richard Branson.

He got here up with the concept for Rastamouse from tales he would inform his daughter and a few of his college students.

The first Rastamouse e-book was revealed in 2004 and the story was changed into successful TV present in 2011.

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