Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cannabis Farmer Benefit Thief 'Got Sentence He Deserved'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cannabis Farmer Benefit Thief 'Got Sentence He Deserved'

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A CANNABIS farmer who pretended to be disabled so he could claim benefits got the punishment he deserved, top judges have ruled.

Louis Schiavo, 43, used a string of houses around Salford and Manchester to set up thriving cannabis factories - nurturing plants with a potential yield of well over Pounds 30,000.

He was prosecuted after police raided a 'dosshouse' owned by Schiavo in Sale, discovering 37 cannabis plants.

A search of Schiavo's own home, in Charlestown Road, Blackley, uncovered another subterranean cannabis farm. Twenty four cannabis plants were found there - with a potential street value of Pounds 10,000.

Schiavo also conned the state out of benefits by claiming he was disabled, Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing told London's Appeal Court. …

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