Man jailed for false insurance claim
David Ribchester, from Washington in Tyne and Wear has been jailed for 8 months after he falsely claimed nearly £1m in compensation.
The 31 year old hurt both his wrists in a workplace accident back in 2006. He told doctors he needed help with his personal care as well as not being able to drive or carry out household chores. He also claimed to be "emotionally scarred" by the incident and that he felt like he was "not a proper father" as he couldn't pick up his daughter.
But when insurance investigators started to look into his case by secretly filming him on a number of occasions they found his claims were not what they seemed. He was filmed at his local rugby club catching the ball and making tackles, driving his car, carrying his daughter, constructing garden furniture and unloading heavy shopping bags. From a man who claimed he couldn't even tie his own shoelaces; this was evidence enough for the authorities to be brought in.
Judge Nicholas Cooke said "Anyone who is tempted to behave in a dishonest way to the extent that you did by attempting to exploit the system which exists to compensate the genuinely injured will end up going to prison." He added, "Genuinely injured people putting forward wholly honest claims are viewed sceptically because of the publicity in relation to this sort of matter."
Quotes taken from BBC News
05.07.13 - MCE Insurance