The mother of one of the finalists on the TV show Britain’s Got Talent illegally claimed more than £20,000 in benefits.
Mandy Davis posed proudly with her child street dancer son Aiden Davis who impressed the nation on the ITV show in 2009 when he was aged 11.
Show judge Simon Cowell told Aiden he was “super, super, super talented”.
But Davis, aged 43, of Shenley Lane, Weoley Castle, failed to impress the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) when she didn’t tell them that she was living with husband Leroy while still claiming income support and housing benefit. She admitted falsely claiming the cash between June 2006 and May 2009 amounting to £20,548.
Magistrates sentenced her to eight weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months.
She was also ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work and pay £100 costs.
She began claiming benefits as a single parent in 1990. When investigated by the DWP she claimed her husband, whom she married in 2010, only stayed at her home on weekends because he worked away, and said she believed that did not warrant informing the department.
However, investigators discovered Mr Davis had a car, house insurance, a mobile phone and a bank account all registered at her address.
Appearing at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, Davis’ solicitor Abid Hussain said she had “naively” believed her benefits would be unaffected by her relationship with Mr Davis.
Mr Hussain said: “Perhaps, naively, because he wasn’t staying there on a permanent basis she didn’t believe it impacted upon her entitlement. She has been making repayments of £350 per month and she has made eight payments.
“She is of previous good character and this is something that will stay with her for the rest of her life.
“More importantly this is something that will impact on her two children, who are 22 and 14-years-old and both reside at home.
“The two children will feel the brunt of the press coverage.”
Davis was claiming the cash as Aidan, now a teenager, came to prominence on the ITV show.
He made the 2009 final, eventually finishing in fifth place and has since gone on to host a programme, Friday Download, on the CBBC channel.