Benefits cheat who spent £16,000 on Spanish holidays banned from going out at the weekends to stop her flying ABROAD

  • Samantha Myatt, 39, claimed to be an unemployed single mother
  • But in fact she had two jobs and lived with her partner in the West Midlands
  • Judge bans her from leaving the house on Friday and Saturday nights so she cannot go on foreign holidays

By Hugo Gye


Cheat: Samantha Myatt has been banned from going out on weekends after defrauding the taxpayer of £16,000 in benefits

Cheat: Samantha Myatt has been banned from going out on weekends after defrauding the taxpayer of £16,000 in benefits

A benefits cheat has been banned from going out at the weekends in a bid to stop her going abroad after she spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money on foreign holidays.

Samantha Myatt claimed to be an unemployed single mother in order to claim a total of £16,000 in fraudulent benefits, which she spent on travelling to Spain at least twice a year.

But in fact the 39-year-old was working as a kitchen assistant and living with her partner, who received a pension from his former employer.

She has now been handed a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to cheating the taxpayer.

Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court heard yesterday that Myatt was caught out after investigators from the Department for Work and Pensions received a tip-off.

Jacky Bramley, prosecuting, told the court Myatt first started claiming benefits in 2004, when she said she was a single non-working parent looking after her disabled child.

In October 2005, her partner Neil Britton moved in with her in Wednesfield, West Midlands - but failed to declare that he had a company pension.

Two months later, Myatt found work as a kitchen assistant and a second part-time job at Gala Bingo.

Ms Bramley said Myatt had deposited large sums of money into Mr Britton's account, including £3,000 in August 2010 and £68,000 in December 2010.

Mahmood Hussain, defending, told the court Myatt had got into debt and was aware of the seriousness of what she had done.

Myatt pleaded guilty to six counts of failing to notify a change in circumstances and three of falsely making a statement to obtain payment or benefit.

Cells closed: The Worcester Magistrates' Court building was short of security staff, so Goss - who had previously skipped bail - was instead told to wait at the back of the courtroom

Sentenced: Myatt was given a suspended prison sentence at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court, pictured

She was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay costs of £2,265.

Judge Graham Wilkinson also imposed a curfew on Myatt stopping her going out on Friday or Saturday night for six months in case she tries to go on holiday.


'You have lied and lied again all the way through this investigation,' he said.

'You were spending your ill-gotten gains on life's luxuries.'

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