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Jail or No Jail 25 July 2013

A bankrupt former winner of TV game-show Deal or No Deal has been sentenced to 13 weeks in prison for failing to declare his winnings to creditors.

Andrew Baker won £35,000 on the show in April 2012 but failed to disclose this to the official receiver and his creditors, resulting in the sentence handed down by Nuneaton Magistrates Court.

The conviction followed an initial investigation by The Insolvency Service and a full criminal investigation and prosecution by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Glenn Wicks, deputy chief investigation officer from the Department of BIS, said: “Barker thought he could get away with taking the money he had won and not informing the official receiver who could have used it to pay the creditors in his bankruptcy.

“He had however appeared publicly on a television quiz show and was seen by people affected by his actions.”

Barker was made bankrupt on 23 November 2011, owing creditors £61,438. He appeared on Deal or No Deal whilst still an undischarged bankrupt.

After receiving his winnings from the show on 2 May 2012, Barker removed the entire sum in cash withdrawals from his bank account and embarked on a spending spree.

Barker had previously pleaded guilty to one count of failing to disclose property acquired after he was made bankrupt to the Official Receiver and one count of failing to hand in that property to the Official Receiver.

His appeal was dismissed on 15 April 2013 by Nuneaton Magistrates Court.

He was sentenced to 13 weeks imprisonment for each count to run concurrently, and ordered to pay £3,418.36 in prosecution costs.

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