*A man went to great lengths so he wouldn’t get caught for scams that included swindling an elderly man he cared for out of his life’s savings. Alan Knight made folks believe he was quadriplegic – then they discovered him walking around in a grocery store.
According to The Guardian, Knight, 47, spent two years faking seizures that sometimes left him comatose .
But on Tuesday all of his scheming came to a halt as he pleaded guilty to 19 counts of fraud, theft and forgery charges in Swansea Crown Court.
Ivor Richards was the elderly neighbor that Knight cared for, and the court heard that he used his position to funnel £41,570 out of Richards’ accounts, according to the BBC.
According to Knight’s wife, he was injured in an accident while trying to open a garage door and became quadriplegic. She said she had to support him during this time, but he also collected disability payments from the government.
But his injuries were a ruse, according to Judge Paul Thomas.
Knight was called into court because the judge wanted him to see video footage of himself walking around in a Tesco supermarket and driving along the Seven Bridge roadway.
However, he did avoid appearing in court to face charges on a $64,000 fraud on at least two occasions by checking himself into a hospital.
“There are aspects to this case which in my experience are unique and it seems a strong message needs to be sent out to anyone who seeks to adopt the same tactics in the future,” Thomas said.
Knight is scheduled to be sentenced next month.