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Benefits fraudster ‘who could barely walk’ went scuba diving

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A Tamworth woman has been found guilty of benefit fraud after investigators for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) found photographs of her scuba diving, snorkelling, and riding a quad bike while on holiday.scuba diving 1

Linda Hoey, 58, from Talland Avenue in Amington, claimed some £65,000 in disability payments, and also used her disability car to avoid paying £15,000 of charges on the M6 Toll road, yet she had been in paid employment since 1997. She had been claiming care and mobility needs for degenerative arthritis and a back problem since 1995.

She was convicted by jurors art Stafford Crown Court at the end of July, and will be sentenced in September.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF DWP

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Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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