THE new girl on Geordie Shore was convicted for her part in a ‘cash-for-crash’ scam.
Marnie Simpson, from South Shields, was officially unveiled by MTV today as the latest lass to join the cast of the hit reality TV show.
Glossy photos of the 20-year-old, alongside her housemates, were revealed after a long teaser campaign from programme bosses.
However, they were tight-lipped about her criminal past and flatly refused to discuss the matter when contacted by the Gazette.
She was part of a 16-strong gang who admitted fraud after staging an accident on a spoof stag do that could have pocketed a total of £134,000 from an insurance company.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how Marnie, then 17, had been under pressure to take part in the scam by pretending to be a passenger in the fake smash and submitting a whiplash claim.
She was given a 12-month community order, a 12-month supervision order, and 150 hours of unpaid work.
Marnie describes herself as “naughty” and a “minx”, as well as being single.
There was no answer at her home when the Gazette called.
But in a statement from the show, the former Miss Newcastle runner-up said: “I have followed the Geordie Shore antics since the very beginning.
“I’m a massive fan, so it’s pretty surreal to be joining the gang for a new series. I think the girls will find it hard not to like me, but I know they will think I’m prettier than them.
“I don’t give in to guys easily, so the boys will have a chase on their hands – I know Gaz will try it on for sure.”
Marnie already had links to the show through her cousin, former cast member Sophie Kasaei.
The 23-year-old, from Tyne Dock, South Shields, was recently removed from the hit show due to her “offensive behaviour”.
Marnie’s arrival on the show met with a cool response from Shields councillor George Elsom.
Coun Elsom, who represents Cleadon Park for UKIP and is the leader of the opposition on South Tyneside Council, thinks the show’s producers could have had their pick of South Tyneside women.
He said: “Everyone deserves a second chance in life because anyone can make a mistake.
“What I would say though is that this person is effectively going to be an ambassador for South Shields and is this the type of person we want?
“She will be representing the town and the majority of people in South Tyneside aren’t convicted criminals and would have been a more suitable choice.”
Coun Elsom added that he doesn’t think anyone would come out of the show with their reputation intact.
He said: “This show is there to shock.
“I don’t think anyone who goes on it will end up being a good role model, so in one way it doesn’t really matter who they chose.
“It is not a programme that I will watch and not one that I think is suitable for most people to watch.”
Former call centre worker Sophie had been part of Geordie Shore since the first series, and recently joined the rest of the cast in Australia for the filming of series six, which is currently showing on MTV.
Series seven of Geordie Shore starts at 10pm on Tuesday, September 17, on MTV.