Adrian Knight, of South Wales, pretended to be quadriplegic and comatose for two years, so he could get out of going to court for scamming his neighbor out of £40,000 ($64,482).
Knight foiled his own scam by going out shopping and eating with his family. He was caught on camera driving too.
Reports the Daily Mail:
The 47-year-old tried to beat justice by claiming he was a quadriplegic – his family said he was hooked up to oxygen and had no movement from the neck down.
But a court heard he was caught out after CCTV captured him walking around Tesco and driving his car to Dorset.
Knight was then hauled before Swansea Crown Court where he admitted scamming the pensioner who lived next door to him out of thousands of pounds.
The fraudster had been living off benefits after claiming he had suffered a massive neck injury.
The court heard that he claimed his injury had caused him to have seizures which left him in a comatose state.
His wife Helen, 33, claimed she had to care for her husband who had snapped his neck after falling backwards as he pulled down a garage door.
But the whole time he was carrying out an elaborate three-year fraud targeting neighbour Ivor Richards’ life savings and shares, the court heard.
“Attempts to make progress have been thwarted by Mr. Knight pretending to be ill,” the judge said. “Although a very accomplished and determined actor, he is nothing like in the condition he claims to be, and the conditions he claims to be suffering from are simply non existent. His illnesses coincide with impending court appearances. I do not believe the symptoms are genuine.”
Knight faces 19 charges for defrauding the neighbor. He used the stolen money to buy himself and his family gifts.
He will be sentenced in November.