caroline_bananaCaroline Banana, 40, is accused of failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of her win while continuing to claim £5,000 in benefits.

Claimants must notify the authorities if their bank balance exceeds £16,000 either through a windfall or inheritance.

Zimbabwe-born Banana won £95,000 when she appeared on the Channel 4 show supported by her husband Michael, 48, in November 2011.

Millions of viewers watched as she took out the red box which she did not know contained £75,000, prompting the Banker to offer her £35,000 for it.

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