Disability-Benefits Fraud Ended by Unfortunate Photos

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A judge in Britain sentenced Martin Crowson to a year in jail this week, after an investigation revealed he had fraudulently claimed to be too disabled to work so that he could collect state benefits. Crowson had told the government his disabilities were so severe he was “virtually unable to walk.”

Police searching Crowson’s home, however, found recent pictures showing him wrestling an alligator and riding a camel. (Not at the same time, but still.) They also found certificates showing that Crowson had earned a black belt in ju jitsu despite his virtual inability to walk.

Prosecutor Theresa Loftus said this evidence “suggested his injuries were not as serious as he claimed.”

Judge Vincent Fraser agreed, and sentenced him to a year in jail for his “grossly dishonest” fraud. Crowson had collected $31,000 worth of benefits by means of the scam.

Yahoo! News