Posted: 23 October, 2014
Is this the most despicable act ever?
South Wales Police
A British fraudster who convinced courts he was paralysed for two years to avoid conviction has been caught out.
UK newspaper The Mirror has reported the 47-year-old man claimed to be a quadriplegic to avoid standing trial after he scammed his elderly neighbour out of the equivalent of $70,000 AUD.
Aided by his wife, Alan Knight spend two years claiming he was unable to move and could only squint his eyes, he also claimed he was so ill he would frequently slip into a coma.
He claimed he was injured taking a fall at home.
The Daily Mail reports his wife supported him by writing self-pitying letters to local officials including their MP who interfered in the case.
He admitted himself to hospital twice to avoid court dates and convinced his local GP he was disabled by a medical condition. Journalists who visited the man were also convinced.
In reality the man, who spent two years funnelling money out of his elderly neighbour’s bank account, was taking family holidays and spending money he stole from his neighbour who was suffering from dementia.
He was caught out, walking and apparently healthy at a supermarket, by security cameras.
This week a judge, who had seen unmasked the fraudster when he appeared in court in a neckbrace and wheel chair, only to be told "You should see the videos".
Knight admitted 19 counts of forgery, fraud and theft. He went so far as to write out a false will on behalf of his neighbour.
The story of the man’s trickery has taken news outlets all over the world by storm.