n the boss of the escort agency funded a lavish lifestyle and sent his children to elite private schools avoiding taxes and claiming benefits.
Mother of five Janine Adeleke, 43, has collected gifts from the state while running Carltons of London, which describes itself as ‘the capital’s best luxury boutique escort service’.
One of her children was reportedly sent to an exclusive private school – which charges fees of up to Â£ 30,000 a year – and her family received a premium gym membership and private medical care .
In total, she spent Â£ 120,000 on private schools between November 2006 and January 2014, as well as tens of thousands of pounds on beauty treatments and vacations.
Adeleke funded the luxury lifestyle by running the agency offering ‘London’s best escorts for distinguished gentlemen’ from her home in Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex.
She used her elderly mother’s bank account to launder Â£ 157,000 in a scam which saw her withhold a total of Â£ 650,000 from the tax authorities. There is no suggestion that his mother knew what was going on.
The HMRC said she stole more than Â£ 300,000 in unpaid income taxes, national insurance contributions and tax credits, as well as more than Â£ 37,000 in income support.
Adeleke was jailed today for three years after being convicted of money laundering, government revenue fraud and tax credit and benefit fraud at Canterbury Crown Court, HMRC said .
Richard Las, deputy director of the HMRC Fraud Investigation Service, said: âAdeleke broke the law to fund lavish lifestyle and private education for her children, stealing money from essential public services designed to support and help families in difficulty.
“Adeleke claimed to be penniless, but that was far from the truth,” he added.
Confiscation proceedings have started to recover the money stolen by Adeleke, HMRC said.