Man Faked Being Paralyzed For Government Benefits


A 51-year-old man pretended to be a quadriplegic in order to get government benefits.

Brian Matthews claimed he was unable to use his arms and legs in order to get £250,000 ($355,500 US) in handouts, with another £250,000 left on file.

According to Metro, Matthews scammed the British government for 15 years until he was seen walking and pushing his wife in a wheelchair.

Matthew arrived to court on an electric scooter, and carrying two crutches. He pleaded guilty to six counts of making a false representation and two counts of fraud, but denied to other charges left on file.

Before he is sentenced, Matthews must undergo a full medical examination to determine how disabled he really is, but there's an overwhelming chance he'll be sent to jail.

Described as "incredibly manipulative," prosecutor Jo Martin said: "Mr. Matthews maintained for a long time that he was quadriplegic. Over that time he was able to convince doctors and they did not properly test him because of trust."

"In recent years evidence that Mr. Matthews was capable of walking has emerged. In 2012 he was seen walking around Penzance without any problems at all," Martin continued. "In 2017 he has taken his wife Theresa into her doctors, her being pushed in a wheelchair with Mr. Matthews being the one pushing her in."

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Martin added that when Matthews had been visited by police, authorities noted his car was parked half a mile from his home and didn't have any walking aids with him.  

"Mr. Matthews accepts that he is not quadriplegic. He presently understands it that he is unable to stand without aids, he accepts that hasn’t always been the case," Matthew's attorney, Jim Tilbury said.

"It is a good result. Benefit relief should go to those people that need them. The total cost to the public purse is £509,000 ($724,000 US) the indictment today carried a number of offences," Dave Morris of the Department for Work and Pensions.

"He didn’t plead guilty to all of them, there is £245,000 ($348,500 US) that he has pleaded guilty to, the rest of the offences are lying on file. When people claim benefits on the grounds of ill health or disability they provide evidence," Morris added.

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