Council accidentally gives woman £52k, so she goes on a spending spree

Sarah Coles
Michaela Hutchings
Michaela Hutchings

Michaela Hutchings, a 23-year-old mother from Lichfield in Staffordshire, was accidentally credited with just over £52,000 by her local council. Rather than coming clean about the mistake, she decided to go on a shopping spree - and spent £9,000 in one trip to Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre.

She's far from the first person to do this - but the consequences are dire.