Was Shannon Mathews’ mother a benefit cheat?

April 25, 2008

It’s been alleged that the mother of abducted schoolgirl, Shannon Mathews, was cheating benefits. Karen Matthews, 32 has been arrested on grounds of kidnapping her own daughter while her boyfriend, Craig Meehan, 22, is being held on suspected child porn charges.

Karen Mathews claims she never received any child support from any of the fathers of her seven children, and that she was living alone, despite actually have lived with Craig Meehan for four years while he was earning a full time wage.

Whether the CSA were involved in her seven children is unknown, but the department for work and pensions are investigating the benefit cheat claims.

One of Shannon Mathews’ neighbours said they knew she was cheating benefit and that they’d reported her:

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.

You can read more about this on the website for the Sun.