KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Shannon Matthews went missing on her way home from school on the 19th February 2008, Shannon lived in Dewsbury with her Mother and Step Father. Please discuss

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KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Postby tequilasunset » Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:05 am

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/ne ... 034032.ece


By ALASTAIR TAYLOR

Published: Today
THE shameless mum of Shannon Matthews has been raking in nearly £400 a week by cheating on benefits, The Sun can reveal.

Karen Matthews, 32 – accused over the abduction of her nine-year-old daughter – told officials she was looking after four of her seven children on her own.

But at the time that Shannon vanished for 24 days in February, she had been living for four years with her supermarket fishmonger boyfriend Craig Meehan, 22. He has been earning around £16,000 a year.

Meehan had bragged at the time of Shannon's disappearance: "I earn the money. I put the food on the table." He was dumped by Karen following his arrest on child porn charges.

Government officials were last night trying to work out exactly how much Matthews had claimed in the scam.

The family own a widescreen television and had bought two computers. Social workers had given them a third for Matthews' eleven-year-old son.

Matthews is facing trial accused of perverting the course of justice and child neglect.

She had claimed to officials last January that she was looking after Shannon and three other children – the eleven-year-old and two others aged five and two – on her own in her council semi in Dewsbury Moor, West Yorks.

Staff believed that no money was going into the household other than her benefits.

Matthews claimed to have had no child support from the fathers of her children.

She also said she had NO partner and was UNABLE to work as she alone was looking after the children.


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A source on the Dewsbury Moor estate said yesterday: "It is absolutely appalling. She was claiming and claiming yet Craig has been working for the past four years since he moved in with her. It's an absolutely shocking state of affairs. It was not a recent scam.

"Goodness knows what the money went on. They had computers and a television but the house was hardly luxurious."

Officials of the Department of Work and Pensions and HM Revenue & Customs were checking their files on benefit claims last night.


Spokesmen for the two bodies said: "We do not comment on individual cases." But one fuming neighbour yesterday revealed she KNEW Matthews was cheating.

She said: "I reported her three times but nothing was done. She was putting in claims that she was living on her own but in fact Craig was there all the time. It's been going on a long time."

Another neighbour on the estate said: "Contrary to what a lot of outsiders think, many people on the estate do work. We're not layabouts.

"Yet she's never done a day's work in her life. She's spent 11 years giving birth to seven children. But she's recently been living with someone earning good money and is still sponging off the taxpayer."

Three of Matthews' seven children are living with her previous partners. She is being held in New Hall Prison near Wakefield after being charged over Shannon's disappearance.

The youngster vanished on her way home from school on February 19. Cops rescued her after breaking down the door of a maisonette in Batley Carr a mile from her home on March 14.

She was found hidden in the base of a divan bed.

Craig Meehan's uncle, Mike Donovan, 39, is accused of abduction and false imprisonment.

a.taylor@the-sun.co.uk


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I ACTUALLY SAID TO MY HUSBAND QUITE A WHILE AGO, THAT I BET SHE HAD NEVER DONE A DAY'S HONEST WORK IN HER LIFE AND I WAS RIGHT.

I hope they throw the book at this woman.
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Re: KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Postby icesugar » Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:40 am

Like I have said many times before in this forum, these people (and there are a lot of them doing the same thing) are an embarrassment to the British people, and the government is too. Perhaps they should invest some money to do some spot checks on these people. I know of one lady with 5 kids on total support, yet she can afford 3 overseas holidays a year, sometimes taking the kids with her. She was once questioned about this and she said they were 'gifts', so she has been left alone now to spend her thousands as she likes. They also have the latest state of the art equipment in their house, and every child has their own pc, gamecube, play station etc.....

what else to say. MY OH MY.
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Re: KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Postby turkeylurkey » Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:13 pm

Putting aside whether Karen declared Craig living with her or not -

How does she manage to get £400 a week from the Social? That is an amazing amount of money. Does it include her rent and council tax or is this on top?

She would have to earn nigh on £28-£30k to come home with that. Why would anyone ever go out to work if they are that well off?
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Re: KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Postby tequilasunset » Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:36 pm

turkeylurkey wrote:Putting aside whether Karen declared Craig living with her or not -

How does she manage to get £400 a week from the Social? That is an amazing amount of money. Does it include her rent and council tax or is this on top?

She would have to earn nigh on £28-£30k to come home with that. Why would anyone ever go out to work if they are that well off?


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I think it probably doees include housing and council tax benefit, income support and child benefit.

Christ, I was working my a*** off in an office job, for less than £250 a week.

And with one child, whose father I had been married to.
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Re: KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Postby the wonderer » Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:38 pm

turkeylurkey wrote:Putting aside whether Karen declared Craig living with her or not -

How does she manage to get £400 a week from the Social? That is an amazing amount of money. Does it include her rent and council tax or is this on top?

She would have to earn nigh on £28-£30k to come home with that. Why would anyone ever go out to work if they are that well off?


She wouldnt get that much even including rent and council tax benefit ,it would be £300 at the most .They may be including child benefit in the total but everyone is entitled to that single or not .They must be naive if they thought they could get away with any of this whole sorry goings on
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Postby scotch » Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:50 pm

make me sick :evil:
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Re: KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Postby bugalugs1970 » Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:15 pm

this type of benefit fraud goes on all the time, making a mockery of the systems in place. The government set up "snitch lines" and still do nothing, it may be the taxpayers money but we get no say on what are taxes are spent on.

I had a neighbour (up until xmas 07) who lived with her partner for 8 years whilst claiming incapacity benefit, child tax credits, income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit. She has now moved (mutal exchange) into a disabled property (nothing wrong with her, she faked the documentation), her intentions are to save enough money now to buy a property........ :(
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Re: KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Postby poppy » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:41 am

On todays benefit rates per week:
Income support for Karen £60.50
Child tax credit x 4 £160.00
Family element £10.50
Child benefit x 1 (oldest) £18.80
Child benefit x 3 £37.65
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total £297.45

Estimated rent £60.00
Estimated Council Tax £12.00
(25% discount) -----------
£369.45

As another op pointed out; everyone is entitled to child benefit regardless of income.

I can do a calculation now based on what their weekly income would be if she had declared Craig was living with her and working, if anyone's interested.
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Re: KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Postby amaseal » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:56 am

Yes please poppy, I am interested!
I have 3 children and have always worked. I have a neighbour who claims more than I earn and gets a car as she says her mildly autistic son cannot walk to school. Her husband is self-employed and reckons he earns nothing as he gets paid in cash.
i now have to pay for my daughter at Uni whereas hers gets a grant, she also got EMA at sixth form.
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Postby blondie2 » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:58 am

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Postby poppy » Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:12 am

Ok, I might have to edit this later. As I'm not at work I've used a very basic system and will do a manual calculation when my brain gets into gear (it is Sunday).

I've based the calculations on the media report that Craig earns £16000pa and has worked at this rate since April 2007. This works out at £247.69 net earnings per week.

Child benefit £56.45
Child tax credit £170.66
Working tax credit £11.02
Wages (net) £247.69
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Total £485.82

They would not be entitled to any housing or council tax benefit so effectively would have to spend £76pw on this (note; council tax increases to £16pw without the 25% discount).

This leaves them with £409.82 per week and no risk of prosecution.
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Re: KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Postby shoperoo » Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:19 am

I remember when first hearing that the younger boyfriend was working as a fishmonger and seeing them nightly on the telly. I thought the Benefits Agency have just caught them out. From around day 2 of this saga someone at the Social would have ran a benefit check on Karen Matthews. Just shows how dumb this family are. Reminds me a bit when Jade Goody's mum was done. When she appeared on BB she was alledgedly still claiming Income Support and Disability Living Allowance. Ofcourse millionaire Jade didnt think she was doing anything wrong. It's a mentality thing amongst certain groups of Society to screw the system for as much as you can. Shannon being raised in that environment may well have grown up to be the same. At least now she and her siblings may get a better ubringing with foster parents. Just a note - that I'm not tarring all on Shannon's estate as being like her mum, I'm sure there are a lot of hardworking families there who are p....d of by this sort of story.
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Re: KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Postby K4REN171 » Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:52 pm

poppy wrote:Ok, I might have to edit this later. As I'm not at work I've used a very basic system and will do a manual calculation when my brain gets into gear (it is Sunday).

I've based the calculations on the media report that Craig earns £16000pa and has worked at this rate since April 2007. This works out at £247.69 net earnings per week.

Child benefit £56.45
Child tax credit £170.66
Working tax credit £11.02
Wages (net) £247.69
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Total £485.82

They would not be entitled to any housing or council tax benefit so effectively would have to spend £76pw on this (note; council tax increases to £16pw without the 25% discount).

This leaves them with £409.82 per week and no risk of prosecution.


Yes but the cheating scumbag got nearly £300 a week plus her rent and council tax paid AND his wages which at 20% tax would have been in the region of £240 a week.
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Re: KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Postby RedLorryYellowLorry » Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:35 pm

http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,, ... 22,00.html

Two Fraud Arrests By Shannon Cops

Updated:13:27, Monday April 14, 2008


Detectives investigating the disappearance of schoolgirl Shannon Matthews have arrested two people on suspicion of fraud.

The suspects from Dewsbury Moor were seized by West Yorkshire Police.

It follows on-going inquiries into why nine-year-old Shannon vanished on February 19.

She was discovered hidden in the base of a bed in a flat in Batley Carr, a mile from her home in Dewsbury after a 24-day search by police.

The fraud arrests were carried out in conjunction with officials from the Dept of Work and Pensions.

Detectives said the charges were not connected with the girl's alleged abduction.

A number of people have been taken into custody since the girl was discovered.

The partner of Shannon's mother Craig Meehan, 22, has been refused bail after being accused of child porn offences.

Meehan's uncle, Michael Donovan, 39, of Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, has been charged with Shannon's kidnap and imprisonment.

His trial has been provisionally set for November 11 at Leeds Crown Court.

The girl's mother Karen Matthews, 32, is charged with child neglect and perverting the course of justice.

She was remanded in custody and will next appear at Leeds Crown Court on April 16.

Meehan's mother Alice, 49, and her daughters Amanda Hyett, 25, and Caroline Meehan, 29, were also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

All three were later released on bail pending further inquiries.
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Re: KAREN MATTHEWS-BENEFIT FRAUD-THE SUN 12th APRIL

Postby RedLorryYellowLorry » Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:24 pm

Update.....

Shannon Mum's Neighbours Arrested

Updated:18:14, Monday April 14, 2008

http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,, ... 22,00.html

The sister and brother-in-law of Craig Meehan have been arrested on suspicion of benefit fraud, sources have said.

Amanda and Neil Hyett, the next-door neighbours of Shannon Matthews' mother Karen, were arrested by West Yorkshire Police officers, working with the Department of Work and Pensions.

It follows on-going inquiries into why nine-year-old Shannon vanished on February 19.

She was discovered hidden in the base of a bed in a flat in Batley Carr, a mile from her home in Dewsbury after an expensive 24-day search by police.

It is understood the investigation into the alleged fraud began before the young girl disappeared on February 19.

A police spokesman said: "The arrests are not related to an alleged abduction of a nine-year-old girl in February."

Coach driver Hyett, 36, and his 25-year-old wife led the search for Shannon after she disappeared.

A number of other people have been taken into custody since the girl was found.

Meehan has been refused bail after being accused of child porn offences.

Meehan's uncle, Michael Donovan, 39, of Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, has been charged with Shannon's kidnap and imprisonment.

His trial has been provisionally set for November 11 at Leeds Crown Court.

The girl's mother Karen Matthews, 32, is charged with child neglect and perverting the course of justice.

She was remanded in custody and will next appear at Leeds Crown Court on April 16.

Meehan's mother Alice, 49, and her daughters Amanda Hyett, 25, and Caroline Meehan, 29, were also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

All three were later released on bail pending further inquiries.
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