Michaela Hutchings: Woman who splurged £52k of council money says she was punished for being attractive

'I had to pay because I'm attractive', says woman who spent £50k of council cash
Hutchings spent £8,000 in 48 hours (Picture: Facebook)

A woman who spent over £50,000 of council money on a shopping spree has claimed she was punished because she’s attractive.

Michaela Hutchings, 23, spent £51,821 on designer shoes, handbags and sunglasses in a spree throughout April last year after the money was accidentally transferred into her account by Lichfield Council.

Hutchings, who avoided jail after complying with a judge’s orders to pay the money back by Christmas Eve, later claimed she would have been given only ‘a slap on the wrist’ if she hadn’t been so good looking.

TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED 07932745508: Michaela Hutchings, 23, who went on a huge spending spree after bungling Lichfield Council in Staffordshire put £52,000 in her bank account by mistake. At Stafford Crown Court, she was given a 12-month community order and told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.nn
The council money was spent on designer clothes and accessories (Picture: Facebook)

‘They’re punishing me because of the way I look,’ she said.

‘If I wasn’t much to look at and played the card of “Oh, I only get this much a month, I was in a bit of a sticky situation” I reckon I’d have got a slap on the wrist and just paid back a fiver a week.’

Hutchings treated herself to a Gucci bag, a Louis Vuitton bag and belt, and Dior sunglasses at Selfridges.

She claims her boyfriend of the time also spent thousands on clothes and accessories.

Facebook picture of Michaela Hutchings.  A single mum who went on a huge shopping spree after she discovered £52,000 had mistakenly been put into her bank account has been ordered to repay the cash ñ or go to PRISON.  See NTI story NTISPREE.  Michaela Hutchings, 23, spent £9,000 on designer shoes, handbags and sunglasses in a two-day spending spree after finding the transfer from her local council.  She also gave her mother £1,000 in cash and put £40,000 into a savings account, before she was caught by police on April 24 last year.  A judge spared her prison when she admitted dishonesty and retaining a wrongly-credited bank transfer when she appeared at Stafford Crown Court.  Instead, Hutchings, of Lichfield, Staffs., was given a 12-month community order and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.  Yesterday (Wed) Staffordshire Police revealed the pretty blonde mum had been given six months to repay the rest of the money or face 20 months in prison.
Hutchings is considering contesting her repayments (Picture: Facebook)

In 48 hours she spent £8,000, as well as using £1,000 to pay off a train fine and another £1,000 to give to her mother. She left £40,000 in the bank.

She is still repaying the money, but told The Sun she is considering appealing the terms of her repayments.

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Source: metro.co.uk

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