Coma-Faker Pleads Guilty to Fraud

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Doesn't seem like it should have taken two years to establish this, but it turns out Alan Knight was lying when he claimed to be quadriplegic and/or comatose in order to avoid court appearances and delay his prosecution. He even checked himself into the hospital on occasion for this purpose, and you'd think they would have questioned both of the above conditions. Anyway, in the end his fitness was established pretty conclusively by video of an allegedly comatose person doing stuff like driving around, going shopping, and other things that generally require at least some level of consciousness.

The ironically-named Knight pleaded guilty this week to 19 counts of forgery, fraud, and theft, including the theft of over £40,000 from a neighbor who has Alzheimer's. Knight will be sentenced on November 7, and his apparently unconscious body will then be carted off to jail.

Unless he is a significantly better thespian than this guy, who tried to fake a heart attack during closing argument when things didn't seem to be going his way. Actually, that incident is probably a better example of how important it is to establish and maintain your credibility, because as the video demonstrates, by the time he tried to feign death nobody was really taking him seriously in any way.