Karen Matthews, who faked the kidnapping of her nine-year-old daughter, has been accused of selling food donated to people living on the street.
The 43-year-old regularly visits a Pret A Manger store and is given unsold sandwiches on the understanding she takes them to a soup kitchen.
But after loading the food into bags and a trolley it is claimed she sells what she can to the homeless and puts the rest in her fridge, the Sunday Mirror reported.
Karen Matthews holding her daughter’s favourite teddy bear as she makes an emotional appeal for her safe return during the faked kidnapping
Matthews was jailed for eight years for convicted of kidnapping, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice
Friend said Matthews sells the beggars food because she thinks they were ‘wrong ‘uns’.
‘Karen is shameless – she just doesn’t see that it’s wrong,’ a source told the paper.
‘She says the staff at Pret let her pick up the unsold stock at the end of their shifts on the understanding she takes it to charity. But she has seen a way of lining her pockets.
‘It’s all part of the way she lives her life. Even though she has been in prison she still sees herself as above the homeless people she is scamming because she has a nice flat, a plasma screen TV and a much better existence than them.’
Matthews does not like the food but keeps in the fridge of her state-funded flat because it made her look ‘posh’, the source said.