A fraudster pretended to be quadriplegic & comatose for 2 years to avoid prosecution

By Drum Digital
24 October 2014

He checked himself into a hospital to avoid court appearances, saying he was having seizures.

The wife of a fraudster who pretended to be in a coma for two years wrote a stream of self-pitying letters claiming her husband was unable to move or speak and even tricked their local MP into intervening in his case.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Helen Knight (33) wrote the letters trying to convince people that her husband Alan (47) was in a coma as he tried to dodge court over claims he was scamming a neighbour.

She even told her local MP Geraint Davies and the local press that her only way of communicating with him was when he squinted his eyes.

Alan, stole more than $64,000 from the bank account of an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer's disease from his bank accounts between 2008 and 2011.

But he tried to beat justice claiming he was a quadriplegic - and was even hooked up to oxygen and had no movement from the neck down.

When police began investigating, the 47-year-old Knight claimed to be quadriplegic and so sick he sometimes fell into a coma.

He checked himself into a hospital to avoid court appearances, saying he was having seizures.

The South Wales Evening Post reported that the suspect's wife, Helen, had written to the newspaper saying her husband had obtained a doctor's letter certifying he was "quadriplegic and in a comatose condition, bed-bound at home" after a neck injury.

The mother-of-three from Swansea, in the UK pretended her husband was in a 'vegetative state' – but was uncovered when police tracked the use of his supermarket card, and produced surveillance camera footage of him walking and driving.

Helen Knight and Alan

Warned that the trial would go ahead whether he was present or not, Knight arrived at Swansea Crown Court Tuesday in a wheelchair and neck brace.

Faced with the video evidence, he pleaded guilty to 19 counts of forgery, fraud and theft.

Judge Paul Thomas said Knight was "a very accomplished and determined actor ... and the conditions he claims to be suffering from are simply nonexistent."

"His illnesses coincide with impending court appearances. I do not believe the symptoms are genuine," the judge was quoted as saying by the South Wales Evening Post. Knight is due to be sentenced Nov. 7.

Source: Metro.co.uk & Daily Mail

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