£75k fine for an­i­mal cre­ma­tion fraud­ster


A CON­WOMAN who dumped dead pets in a field de­spite be­ing paid by their griev­ing own­ers to cre­mate them has been or­dered to pay £75,000 by a court.

Emma Bent, 42, who ran Peak Pet Cre­ma­tion was jailed in 2011 for eight months after dog corpses were un­cov­ered.

Bent ad­mit­ted charges re­lat­ing to op­er­at­ing an un­li­censed in­cin­er­a­tor and the dis­posal of an­i­mal by-prod­ucts and con­trolled waste.

Last year Bent, of Mat­lock, Der­byshire, was jailed for 2d years for swin­dling thousands of pounds in hous­ing and coun­cil tax ben­e­fit and in­come sup­port. The of­fences came to light dur­ing a probe into the orig­i­nal of­fence.

Her mother So­nia Lo­mas, of nearby Ilke­ston, was given a nine-month sus­pended sen­tence for charges in­clud­ing money laun­der­ing and forgery.

Bent was this week told at Derby Crown Court to pay back £75,806.41 or face more jail if she does not pay within three months.

The money will be paid to the De­part­ment for Work and Pen­sions and two local coun­cils.

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