March 21, 2009
Couple admits yachting on government dime
A couple who sailed the Atlantic on a yacht while claiming government benefits in Britain have been sentenced to jail by a judge in Wales.
Shashi Bacheta, 52, and Jeffrey Cole, 59, pleaded guilty Friday in Crown Court in Swansea, The Independent reported.
She received a 21-month prison term because she claimed more benefits than Cole, who got nine months.
The couple were arrested last year after investigators found a picture on the Internet that showed them on the yacht. At the time, they were planning another long trip, traveling across the United States in a recreational vehicle.