For a while Harris owned a bar in Spain with William Coutts as a partner, but they separated on bad terms.
Harris became Frances in the late 1990s with breast augmentation. She used Pamela's passport to illegally claim £27,000 in benefits.
Harris was originally due in court in 2006 but absconded to Spain with two of her daughters and only returned to the UK after one of them unexpectedly died in 2011. While in Spain, Harris took up with a younger couple, Graham Lewis and Rosemary Nye, and they set up Rest Assured Property Services selling timeshare apartments by phone. Around 100 people lost considerable savings.
On return to England, Frances lived in a council flat in Brighton paid for by housing benefit and in receipt of pension credits. Later in 2011 Harris was brought to court re the impersonation of the Coutts and 37 previous convictions were discovered. As the practice at that time was to place a non-operative trans woman in a men's prison, the defence barrister's plea was accepted and Harris was handed a 15-month prison sentence suspended for two years.
A year later Harris, Lewis and Nye were arrested re the timeshare fraud, tried and found guilty. This time Harris was jailed for five years. Lewis was jailed for four-and-a-half years, and Nye was handed a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to carry out unpaid work.
- Emma Reynolds. "The two faces of the transgender fraudster who made thousands of pounds in scams posing as both sexes". The Daily Mail, 23 February 2012. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2105416/Frances-Harris-The-2-faces-transgender-fraudster.html.
- Anna Roberts. "Transgender Brighton pensioner jailed for massive fraud". The Argus, 9th October 2013. www.theargus.co.uk/news/10727976.Transgender_Brighton_pensioner_jailed_for_massive_fraud.
- Mark Duell. "Transgender fraudster, 74, who pocketed £130,000 by duping more than 100 people into buying fake shares is jailed". The Daily Mail, 1 October 2013. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451747/Transgender-fraudster-pocketed-130k-duping-100-people.html.
For some reason, The 2013 Daily Mail article does not seem to know about the 2012 Daily Mail article.
If Harris had been imprisoned in 2011, she would have spent most of the time in a women's prison as the New Prison Guidelines came into effect. Harris was one of the last trans convicts to escape jail in that there was nowhere safe to put her.
None of the newspaper accounts explain why Harris was not extradited back from Spain. The European Arrest Warrant system has been in place since 2004.