Benefits Cheat Avoids Being Sent To Prison
The Herald|January 17, 2022
Family situation plays part in judge’s verdict
Stuart Abel

A CHEAT has been spared jail for pocketing disability benefits while playing squash and attending fitness classes.

Douglas Wright, aged 60, was handed almost £16,000 while saying he had trouble walking and hardly went out, a court heard.

He said he struggled to cook meals, and with washing and dressing, but investigators secretly filmed him comfortably carrying heavy shopping around large supermarkets – and they found that Wright played squash and attended fitness classes at Plymouth’s Life Centre.

Wright came to Plymouth Crown Court carrying a bag packed for prison, but a judge said that she could suspend his sentence because his elderly mother and aunt would suffer without his care.

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