A shopping channel presenter who sold slimming underwear for QVC has been spared jail after admitting that she evaded £60,000 in tax.
Jaynie Renner, 53, gained notoriety after stripping down to her underwear on screen to market lingerie on sale via the channel.
But Leeds Crown Court heard she was “drowning in debt” despite earning more than £80,000 a year from QVC and running her own clothing business.
As her debts increased, she failed to pay VAT and income tax for six years, according to the Express.
She admitted five counts of VAT evasion and one of income tax evasion between 2009 and 2015, and has now sold her home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, to pay back the £61,690 she stole from the public purse.
She has also lost her job at QVC and closed down her business, according to the business.
Judge Christopher Batty handed her a 22-month jail sentence suspended for two years. She has been ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work.
“You have lost your job, you have lost your business, you don’t have a home,” he said. “In those exceptional circumstances, I am prepared to suspend the sentence.”
Mark McKone, defending, told the court that Renner felt remorse over her actions.
“She buried her head in the sand and is truly sorry for what she has done,” said Mr McKone.
Renner, who has a previous conviction for false accounting, now plans to emigrate to Canada with her husband after completing her sentence, the paper reported.