Fraudster claiming to be disabled caught stacking shelves at Tesco in 74k benefits scam

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A BENEFITS fraudster who claimed almost £74,000 over ten years while working at a supermarket was jailed yesterday.

Between June 2001 and May 2011, Keith Meyrick, 52, of Jenkins Street, Maesycwmmer, worked at Tesco in Ystrad Mynach while claiming incapacity benefit and disability allowance.

Over that period Meyrick claimed £50,533.70p of incapacity benefit and £23,401.20p disability benefit.

In 1988 Meyrick had an accident at work which meant he could not take up employment.

But in 2001 Meyrick applied for a physical job at Tesco stacking shelves and moving goods around. He worked 36 hours a week and earned £8.39 an hour as a grocery team leader. In his application he stated that he had no muscle problems or back or leg problems.

Prosecuting, Joanna James said: "In the questionnaire which asked if he had problems with lifting or had problems walking he said no.

"He said that he was perfectly able to carry out this kind of employment."

Although Meyrick was working and the Department of Work and Pensions regularly sent reminders that he must inform them if his circumstances had changed he did not notify the authorities.

In 2001 the DWP investigated Meyrick and he was asked to attend a meeting which he did so but did not answer any questions.

Defending Andrew Jones said that Meyrick was of previous clean character.

He said: "He accepts full responsibility for his actions."

When Meyrick appeared in Newport Crown Court he used a walking stick but his defence said this was because of a hip replacement in June and not for sympathy. Meyrick's house is currently up for sale and the proceeds of this sale expected to be £18 to £20k will be used to pay off some of the money he fraudulently claimed.

Meyrick pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining money by deception, three counts of making false claims and two counts of failing to disclose information.

Judge Stephen Hopkins QC said on sentencing Meyrick: "It is vital in my judgement that the public have confidence in our benefit system."

He went on to say that Meyrick had claimed benefit fraudulently over a long period of time.

He continued: "Offences like this are easy to commit but difficult to detect. By the time you had been detected you had claimed around £73,000.

"You have committed a criminal offence and the sentence has a terrible affect on your family."

Meyrick was sentenced to eight months in prison and must serve half before he can be released.

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9:11am Thu 1 Nov 12

Bobevans says...

These frauds will continue to occur untill proper medical checks are carried out and they should be by an independent doctor and not their GP

Simple checks should also stop these frauds. Why was no cross check carried out between the tax office and DWP. That would have idetified he was working

Why are they so lax with handing out benefits?
These frauds will continue to occur untill proper medical checks are carried out and they should be by an independent doctor and not their GP Simple checks should also stop these frauds. Why was no cross check carried out between the tax office and DWP. That would have idetified he was working Why are they so lax with handing out benefits? Bobevans
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10:11am Thu 1 Nov 12

SuperTonic7th says...

SWA will you please change the headline so that its more accurate? He is NOT a disabled man, that's why he's been prosecuted. We've had enough trouble with stupid people with their silogistic (sic) way of thinking - 'Cheats claim disability benefits, therefore disabled people are cheats'. You have a responsibility to give a balanced view, don't you? Bobevans, completely agree with you.
SWA will you please change the headline so that its more accurate? He is NOT a disabled man, that's why he's been prosecuted. We've had enough trouble with stupid people with their silogistic (sic) way of thinking - 'Cheats claim disability benefits, therefore disabled people are cheats'. You have a responsibility to give a balanced view, don't you? Bobevans, completely agree with you. SuperTonic7th
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11:01am Thu 1 Nov 12

Mr Angry says...

Yes this guy deserves all he gets.
Howoever why doesn't Bob Eavns also throw some of his bile at Voadfone, Starbucks, George Osborne who dodge paying Billions in taxes.

tax dodging costs 12 times more than benefit fraud, but Bob wont tell you that.
Yes this guy deserves all he gets. Howoever why doesn't Bob Eavns also throw some of his bile at Voadfone, Starbucks, George Osborne who dodge paying Billions in taxes. tax dodging costs 12 times more than benefit fraud, but Bob wont tell you that. Mr Angry
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11:35am Thu 1 Nov 12

Michael Weedall says...

Mr Angry wrote:
Yes this guy deserves all he gets.
Howoever why doesn't Bob Eavns also throw some of his bile at Voadfone, Starbucks, George Osborne who dodge paying Billions in taxes.

tax dodging costs 12 times more than benefit fraud, but Bob wont tell you that.
I totally agree Mr Angry and I also wonder why he(Bob) won't tell you that about the Billions of tax rip off professionals.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Yes this guy deserves all he gets. Howoever why doesn't Bob Eavns also throw some of his bile at Voadfone, Starbucks, George Osborne who dodge paying Billions in taxes. tax dodging costs 12 times more than benefit fraud, but Bob wont tell you that.[/p][/quote]I totally agree Mr Angry and I also wonder why he(Bob) won't tell you that about the Billions of tax rip off professionals. Michael Weedall
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1:51pm Thu 1 Nov 12

iandfox says...

The DWP do have their own medical people called ATOS and they are known for getting it wrong
The DWP do have their own medical people called ATOS and they are known for getting it wrong iandfox
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2:06pm Thu 1 Nov 12

gathin says...

Hey!!! Was he an MP or plastic AM?
Hey!!! Was he an MP or plastic AM? gathin
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2:24pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Mr Angry says...

Yes Atos - didnt they tell Terminally ill cancer sufferers they were fit to work ?
Yes Atos - didnt they tell Terminally ill cancer sufferers they were fit to work ? Mr Angry
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2:29pm Thu 1 Nov 12

SuperTonic7th says...

Yes, and couldn't giveATOS told my old blind school friend that he'd scored zero and was fit for work.
Yes, and couldn't giveATOS told my old blind school friend that he'd scored zero and was fit for work. SuperTonic7th
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2:32pm Thu 1 Nov 12

jkroswell1 says...

Supertonic, how did you come to the conclusion that he is not disabled?

Plenty of people who are disabled work. Because it is impossible to keep a house and support your family just on disability allowance.

I'm not saying meyrick was right for claiming whilst working, but we should be asking why he had to do this. I don't know the man personally but if he was using the money to fund an extravagant lifestyle then the article would have mention it. My guess is that he struggled to survive whilst claiming.

Again I'm not saying that working whilst claiming is right, and he should have stopped claiming before he started working but you can't assume someone isnt disabled just because they work.
Supertonic, how did you come to the conclusion that he is not disabled? Plenty of people who are disabled work. Because it is impossible to keep a house and support your family just on disability allowance. I'm not saying meyrick was right for claiming whilst working, but we should be asking why he had to do this. I don't know the man personally but if he was using the money to fund an extravagant lifestyle then the article would have mention it. My guess is that he struggled to survive whilst claiming. Again I'm not saying that working whilst claiming is right, and he should have stopped claiming before he started working but you can't assume someone isnt disabled just because they work. jkroswell1
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2:32pm Thu 1 Nov 12

jkroswell1 says...

Supertonic, how did you come to the conclusion that he is not disabled?

Plenty of people who are disabled work. Because it is impossible to keep a house and support your family just on disability allowance.

I'm not saying meyrick was right for claiming whilst working, but we should be asking why he had to do this. I don't know the man personally but if he was using the money to fund an extravagant lifestyle then the article would have mention it. My guess is that he struggled to survive whilst claiming.

Again I'm not saying that working whilst claiming is right, and he should have stopped claiming before he started working but you can't assume someone isnt disabled just because they work.
Supertonic, how did you come to the conclusion that he is not disabled? Plenty of people who are disabled work. Because it is impossible to keep a house and support your family just on disability allowance. I'm not saying meyrick was right for claiming whilst working, but we should be asking why he had to do this. I don't know the man personally but if he was using the money to fund an extravagant lifestyle then the article would have mention it. My guess is that he struggled to survive whilst claiming. Again I'm not saying that working whilst claiming is right, and he should have stopped claiming before he started working but you can't assume someone isnt disabled just because they work. jkroswell1
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4:21pm Thu 1 Nov 12

SuperTonic7th says...

Hi jkroswell1.
He was prosecuted for claiming disability benefit so it would be fair to asume that he was guilty of not being disabled. Or at least not as disabled as he claimed to be and, certainly not entitled to that level of benefit. I am also disabled and do a full time job. Just like you said, its so I can keep a house and familly but also, so that I can feel as normal as possible and feel a part of the human race. I'm very lucky to be able to do that. I know a lot of disabled people that feel isolated from society and its going to get worse when they start removing DLA. The last thing we need is people like Meyrick giving the govt even more excuse to marginalise us.
Hi jkroswell1. He was prosecuted for claiming disability benefit so it would be fair to asume that he was guilty of not being disabled. Or at least not as disabled as he claimed to be and, certainly not entitled to that level of benefit. I am also disabled and do a full time job. Just like you said, its so I can keep a house and familly but also, so that I can feel as normal as possible and feel a part of the human race. I'm very lucky to be able to do that. I know a lot of disabled people that feel isolated from society and its going to get worse when they start removing DLA. The last thing we need is people like Meyrick giving the govt even more excuse to marginalise us. SuperTonic7th
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5:15pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Howie' says...

Michael Weedall wrote:
Mr Angry wrote:
Yes this guy deserves all he gets.
Howoever why doesn't Bob Eavns also throw some of his bile at Voadfone, Starbucks, George Osborne who dodge paying Billions in taxes.

tax dodging costs 12 times more than benefit fraud, but Bob wont tell you that.
I totally agree Mr Angry and I also wonder why he(Bob) won't tell you that about the Billions of tax rip off professionals.
Smack on the money Mr A, Bob who never visits the font of human kindness but likes nothing better than to put the boot in to anyone who is unfortunate enough to be on benefits will never say anything about the other end of the spectrum though, where things are going swimmingly for the richest 1,000 people in Britain who have seen their wealth increase by £155bn since the crisis began. Then as you mention Mr A there are the corporate Tax evaders, the likes of Asda, Google, Apple, eBay, Ikea, Starbucks, Vodafone: all pay minimal tax on massive UK revenues, mostly by diverting profits earned in Britain to their parent companies. Four US companies, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Starbucks – have paid just £30m tax on £3.1bn over the last four years, Apple is estimated to have avoided over £550m in tax on more than £2bn worth of underlying profits in Britain by channelling business through Ireland, according to a Sunday Times analysis, while Starbucks has paid no corporation tax in Britain for the last three years.

The Tory MP and tax lawyer Charlie Elphicke estimates 19 US-owned multinationals are paying an effective tax rate of 3% on British profits, instead of the standard rate of 26%.

Question for you Bob!

The disabled cost the Government £4.5bn a year..............Ta
x evaders cost the country £35bn a year............Who do you think the Government went to war with? and why do you blindly follow them and repeat their propaganda?
[quote][p][bold]Michael Weedall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Yes this guy deserves all he gets. Howoever why doesn't Bob Eavns also throw some of his bile at Voadfone, Starbucks, George Osborne who dodge paying Billions in taxes. tax dodging costs 12 times more than benefit fraud, but Bob wont tell you that.[/p][/quote]I totally agree Mr Angry and I also wonder why he(Bob) won't tell you that about the Billions of tax rip off professionals.[/p][/quote]Smack on the money Mr A, Bob who never visits the font of human kindness but likes nothing better than to put the boot in to anyone who is unfortunate enough to be on benefits will never say anything about the other end of the spectrum though, where things are going swimmingly for the richest 1,000 people in Britain who have seen their wealth increase by £155bn since the crisis began. Then as you mention Mr A there are the corporate Tax evaders, the likes of Asda, Google, Apple, eBay, Ikea, Starbucks, Vodafone: all pay minimal tax on massive UK revenues, mostly by diverting profits earned in Britain to their parent companies. Four US companies, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Starbucks – have paid just £30m tax on £3.1bn over the last four years, Apple is estimated to have avoided over £550m in tax on more than £2bn worth of underlying profits in Britain by channelling business through Ireland, according to a Sunday Times analysis, while Starbucks has paid no corporation tax in Britain for the last three years. The Tory MP and tax lawyer Charlie Elphicke estimates 19 US-owned multinationals are paying an effective tax rate of 3% on British profits, instead of the standard rate of 26%. Question for you Bob! The disabled cost the Government £4.5bn a year..............Ta x evaders cost the country £35bn a year............Who do you think the Government went to war with? and why do you blindly follow them and repeat their propaganda? Howie'
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5:26pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Independentvoter says...

To put a stop to sickness benefit fraud the DWP should use MRI Scans and specialist surgeon reports when deciding benefit claims, not a basic report from a general practitioner.

If a claimant states that they cannot work because they have a bad back then a simple MRI Scan will show if the person has a Radiculopathy, a Myelopathy or a degenerative disc disease, Osteophytic growths with compression of cord, MS etc. Job Done !!!
To put a stop to sickness benefit fraud the DWP should use MRI Scans and specialist surgeon reports when deciding benefit claims, not a basic report from a general practitioner. If a claimant states that they cannot work because they have a bad back then a simple MRI Scan will show if the person has a Radiculopathy, a Myelopathy or a degenerative disc disease, Osteophytic growths with compression of cord, MS etc. Job Done !!! Independentvoter
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6:13pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Bobevans says...

Howie' wrote:
Michael Weedall wrote:
Mr Angry wrote:
Yes this guy deserves all he gets.
Howoever why doesn't Bob Eavns also throw some of his bile at Voadfone, Starbucks, George Osborne who dodge paying Billions in taxes.

tax dodging costs 12 times more than benefit fraud, but Bob wont tell you that.
I totally agree Mr Angry and I also wonder why he(Bob) won't tell you that about the Billions of tax rip off professionals.
Smack on the money Mr A, Bob who never visits the font of human kindness but likes nothing better than to put the boot in to anyone who is unfortunate enough to be on benefits will never say anything about the other end of the spectrum though, where things are going swimmingly for the richest 1,000 people in Britain who have seen their wealth increase by £155bn since the crisis began. Then as you mention Mr A there are the corporate Tax evaders, the likes of Asda, Google, Apple, eBay, Ikea, Starbucks, Vodafone: all pay minimal tax on massive UK revenues, mostly by diverting profits earned in Britain to their parent companies. Four US companies, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Starbucks – have paid just £30m tax on £3.1bn over the last four years, Apple is estimated to have avoided over £550m in tax on more than £2bn worth of underlying profits in Britain by channelling business through Ireland, according to a Sunday Times analysis, while Starbucks has paid no corporation tax in Britain for the last three years.

The Tory MP and tax lawyer Charlie Elphicke estimates 19 US-owned multinationals are paying an effective tax rate of 3% on British profits, instead of the standard rate of 26%.

Question for you Bob!

The disabled cost the Government £4.5bn a year..............Ta

x evaders cost the country £35bn a year............Who do you think the Government went to war with? and why do you blindly follow them and repeat their propaganda?
As usual you go off topic. What is being discussed is this post.

Is it unreasonable that anyone claiming an incapacity/disabilit
y benefit be subject to a proper independent medical check?

Is it sensible that when benefits are paid out that the cross check between the tax office and various benefits agencies. If this had been done they would hve picked up that he was working.


Simple basic checks that would stop 90% plus of frauds
[quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Weedall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Yes this guy deserves all he gets. Howoever why doesn't Bob Eavns also throw some of his bile at Voadfone, Starbucks, George Osborne who dodge paying Billions in taxes. tax dodging costs 12 times more than benefit fraud, but Bob wont tell you that.[/p][/quote]I totally agree Mr Angry and I also wonder why he(Bob) won't tell you that about the Billions of tax rip off professionals.[/p][/quote]Smack on the money Mr A, Bob who never visits the font of human kindness but likes nothing better than to put the boot in to anyone who is unfortunate enough to be on benefits will never say anything about the other end of the spectrum though, where things are going swimmingly for the richest 1,000 people in Britain who have seen their wealth increase by £155bn since the crisis began. Then as you mention Mr A there are the corporate Tax evaders, the likes of Asda, Google, Apple, eBay, Ikea, Starbucks, Vodafone: all pay minimal tax on massive UK revenues, mostly by diverting profits earned in Britain to their parent companies. Four US companies, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Starbucks – have paid just £30m tax on £3.1bn over the last four years, Apple is estimated to have avoided over £550m in tax on more than £2bn worth of underlying profits in Britain by channelling business through Ireland, according to a Sunday Times analysis, while Starbucks has paid no corporation tax in Britain for the last three years. The Tory MP and tax lawyer Charlie Elphicke estimates 19 US-owned multinationals are paying an effective tax rate of 3% on British profits, instead of the standard rate of 26%. Question for you Bob! The disabled cost the Government £4.5bn a year..............Ta x evaders cost the country £35bn a year............Who do you think the Government went to war with? and why do you blindly follow them and repeat their propaganda?[/p][/quote]As usual you go off topic. What is being discussed is this post. Is it unreasonable that anyone claiming an incapacity/disabilit y benefit be subject to a proper independent medical check? Is it sensible that when benefits are paid out that the cross check between the tax office and various benefits agencies. If this had been done they would hve picked up that he was working. Simple basic checks that would stop 90% plus of frauds Bobevans
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7:45pm Thu 1 Nov 12

chris227 says...

just the tip of the iceburg huge number of people now see incap as as premium job seekers allowance cannot see why they get paid more than job seekers if they are so ill as they claim they should get less as they are too ill (or so they claim)) to leave a normal life.
just the tip of the iceburg huge number of people now see incap as as premium job seekers allowance cannot see why they get paid more than job seekers if they are so ill as they claim they should get less as they are too ill (or so they claim)) to leave a normal life. chris227
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12:03am Fri 2 Nov 12

Howie' says...

Bobevans wrote:
Howie' wrote:
Michael Weedall wrote:
Mr Angry wrote:
Yes this guy deserves all he gets.
Howoever why doesn't Bob Eavns also throw some of his bile at Voadfone, Starbucks, George Osborne who dodge paying Billions in taxes.

tax dodging costs 12 times more than benefit fraud, but Bob wont tell you that.
I totally agree Mr Angry and I also wonder why he(Bob) won't tell you that about the Billions of tax rip off professionals.
Smack on the money Mr A, Bob who never visits the font of human kindness but likes nothing better than to put the boot in to anyone who is unfortunate enough to be on benefits will never say anything about the other end of the spectrum though, where things are going swimmingly for the richest 1,000 people in Britain who have seen their wealth increase by £155bn since the crisis began. Then as you mention Mr A there are the corporate Tax evaders, the likes of Asda, Google, Apple, eBay, Ikea, Starbucks, Vodafone: all pay minimal tax on massive UK revenues, mostly by diverting profits earned in Britain to their parent companies. Four US companies, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Starbucks – have paid just £30m tax on £3.1bn over the last four years, Apple is estimated to have avoided over £550m in tax on more than £2bn worth of underlying profits in Britain by channelling business through Ireland, according to a Sunday Times analysis, while Starbucks has paid no corporation tax in Britain for the last three years.

The Tory MP and tax lawyer Charlie Elphicke estimates 19 US-owned multinationals are paying an effective tax rate of 3% on British profits, instead of the standard rate of 26%.

Question for you Bob!

The disabled cost the Government £4.5bn a year..............Ta


x evaders cost the country £35bn a year............Who do you think the Government went to war with? and why do you blindly follow them and repeat their propaganda?
As usual you go off topic. What is being discussed is this post.

Is it unreasonable that anyone claiming an incapacity/disabilit

y benefit be subject to a proper independent medical check?

Is it sensible that when benefits are paid out that the cross check between the tax office and various benefits agencies. If this had been done they would hve picked up that he was working.


Simple basic checks that would stop 90% plus of frauds
Off topic, Bob! Thats rich coming from you.......the man who will not answer questions about any topic. The topic is about the taxpayer being fiddled, is it not Bob? Now put your glasses back on and read my post which is about the taxpayer being fiddled. Same horse, different jockey.
Now maybe you will answer my questions.
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Weedall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Yes this guy deserves all he gets. Howoever why doesn't Bob Eavns also throw some of his bile at Voadfone, Starbucks, George Osborne who dodge paying Billions in taxes. tax dodging costs 12 times more than benefit fraud, but Bob wont tell you that.[/p][/quote]I totally agree Mr Angry and I also wonder why he(Bob) won't tell you that about the Billions of tax rip off professionals.[/p][/quote]Smack on the money Mr A, Bob who never visits the font of human kindness but likes nothing better than to put the boot in to anyone who is unfortunate enough to be on benefits will never say anything about the other end of the spectrum though, where things are going swimmingly for the richest 1,000 people in Britain who have seen their wealth increase by £155bn since the crisis began. Then as you mention Mr A there are the corporate Tax evaders, the likes of Asda, Google, Apple, eBay, Ikea, Starbucks, Vodafone: all pay minimal tax on massive UK revenues, mostly by diverting profits earned in Britain to their parent companies. Four US companies, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Starbucks – have paid just £30m tax on £3.1bn over the last four years, Apple is estimated to have avoided over £550m in tax on more than £2bn worth of underlying profits in Britain by channelling business through Ireland, according to a Sunday Times analysis, while Starbucks has paid no corporation tax in Britain for the last three years. The Tory MP and tax lawyer Charlie Elphicke estimates 19 US-owned multinationals are paying an effective tax rate of 3% on British profits, instead of the standard rate of 26%. Question for you Bob! The disabled cost the Government £4.5bn a year..............Ta x evaders cost the country £35bn a year............Who do you think the Government went to war with? and why do you blindly follow them and repeat their propaganda?[/p][/quote]As usual you go off topic. What is being discussed is this post. Is it unreasonable that anyone claiming an incapacity/disabilit y benefit be subject to a proper independent medical check? Is it sensible that when benefits are paid out that the cross check between the tax office and various benefits agencies. If this had been done they would hve picked up that he was working. Simple basic checks that would stop 90% plus of frauds[/p][/quote]Off topic, Bob! Thats rich coming from you.......the man who will not answer questions about any topic. The topic is about the taxpayer being fiddled, is it not Bob? Now put your glasses back on and read my post which is about the taxpayer being fiddled. Same horse, different jockey. Now maybe you will answer my questions. Howie'
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7:19am Fri 2 Nov 12

Independentvoter says...

Another way to catch sickness benefit fraudsters is to watch Tescos and Asda's disabled parking bays. The number of people who abuse the blue-badge scheme is epidemic. They get out of their cars, look around and then get their walking stick from the boot of their car, then start limping. The best one has to be B+Q last month, I felt so sorry for this middle aged guy with a walking stick who was limping and seemed to have a severe disability. He needed a bag of concrete, I was just about to ask if he needed some help when he bent down and threw the bag of concrete onto his shoulder and amazingly limped to the till. I was left shocked, stunned and speechless for a change ! Genuine disabled people have to struggle and walk further disatnces because of these fraudsters. Tescos have employed a disabled persons parking warden now. At least thats a start !
Another way to catch sickness benefit fraudsters is to watch Tescos and Asda's disabled parking bays. The number of people who abuse the blue-badge scheme is epidemic. They get out of their cars, look around and then get their walking stick from the boot of their car, then start limping. The best one has to be B+Q last month, I felt so sorry for this middle aged guy with a walking stick who was limping and seemed to have a severe disability. He needed a bag of concrete, I was just about to ask if he needed some help when he bent down and threw the bag of concrete onto his shoulder and amazingly limped to the till. I was left shocked, stunned and speechless for a change ! Genuine disabled people have to struggle and walk further disatnces because of these fraudsters. Tescos have employed a disabled persons parking warden now. At least thats a start ! Independentvoter
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