Jordan gives evidence against former groom

A woman alleged to have falsely claimed benefits for nearly two years while working as a groom for Jordan was accused by the model of stealing from her.

Giving evidence at Lewes Crown Court on Monday, Jordan – real name Katie Price – said Joanne Hillman took photos from her house, set up accounts in her name at pet shops and then sold on the goods, and hired out her horse box.

She also had a £12,500 contract with the News of The World to do a piece called ‘My Life With Jordan’ and was going to write a book with Max Clifford, the jury heard.

The model said: “She stole from me. She opened up pet accounts in my name, ordered stuff and sold it to people.”

She said she was ‘absolutely gutted’.

The star said she went to the police, but didn’t pursue things because ‘it was a strain on me and I got pregnant… I got depressed’.

The court heard Hillman was never charged with any offences in connection with Jordan’s allegations.

She is on trial accused of dishonestly failing to promptly notify the Department for Work and Pensions and Brighton and Hove City Council that she was working – knowing it would affect her entitlement to benefits.

Hillman, 34, started working as a groom for Jordan in about June 2003, it was said.

Hillman, of Cowley Drive, Woodingdean, Brighton, denies three counts of dishonestly failing to give prompt notification of a change of circumstances between June 2003 and January 2006, contrary to the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

The case, which is being brought by the Department for Work and Pensions, was adjourned.

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