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27 Feb 2014

£35k Kung Fu benefit cheat not jailed

Mark Kemp, 58, pocketed £35,000 in Disability Living Allowance over a 15-year period, despite teaching martial arts across the country and becoming an expert in Ju-Jitsu.

To expose him, investigators infiltrated his sessions and saw him throwing kicks and blocking punches – having claimed he could not walk without a stick. He was even filmed playing golf and enjoying a family day out at Southport Pleasure Beach during the probe by the DWP. He was also pictured on the ju-jitsu club’s website.

We keep getting told benefit fraud can be prosecuted more easily through data matching. But investigations like this take up a lot of time and cost money.

And the outcome? He was handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, and a curfew to stay in his home between 9pm and 7am for four months.

Not much for that work.

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