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20 Mar 2013

"Disabled" claimant was judo instructor

A man who falsely claimed more than £18,000 in disability benefits was caught out working as a judo instructor.

David Roberts received the highest rate of mobility-based disability allowance after claiming he had crippling back pain, was practically wheelchair-bound and could not wash himself, shower or go to the toilet unaided.

But the 47-year-old was filmed in an undercover sting operation by the Department of Work and Pensions working as a judo sensei, hurling a student across a practice mat.

Roberts, a fifth-dan black belt, pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to disclose information at Warrington Crown Court.

He was given a six month sentence, suspended for a year, and ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work.

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